'Let it begin in Wisconsin'

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The time is now to address gun laws. Never mind this waiting for emotions and angst to die down. How many school and mass shootings can this country endure, and still do nothing? Let it begin in Wisconsin.

Is there any defender of the 2nd amendment that truly feels they need military like weapons designed to kill mass numbers of people? In respecting the hunting culture in our state can there not be sensible gun laws that preserve this generational and time honored family tradition?

Addressing mental health promised by the governor will help but only if accompanied by sensible gun control measures which legislators do not want to touch for fear of losing their next election. Guns are the elephant in the room. When comparing mental illness issues in our country to other developed countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, they have as much mental illness or more per capita than we do, yet the number of mass shootings in these countries do not even come close to what we are experiencing in the United States. Cracking down and imprisonment for those who buy or sell these lethal mass killing weapons and restoring more thorough background checks would be a good start.

Thoughts and prayers should never be dismissed, but this time they ring very hollow if absent of bipartisan efforts to finally address this madness. Come on Wisconsin, lead the way, and let it start with our elected leaders, school leaders, the DPI, and school boards all over this state fighting for our youth's right to know they can come to school and be SAFE in returning home. If you listen to our kids they want this, let's not let them down!

Dr. James Fitzpatrick

(Principal of BMHS, 1986-1997)

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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