Plain Talk: NRA’s troubles might restore our gun sanity

Plain Talk: NRA's troubles might restore our gun sanity

In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, in Oxon Hill, Md. We’re not hearing much lately from politicians who owe their careers to the National Rifle Association. Those who have done the gun lobby’s bidding through the years and enjoyed its largess to help finance their election campaigns haven’t been heard extolling the virtues of the organization that has effectively kept America from enacting any meaningful gun safety laws in decades. That includes much of the Republican majority in Wisconsin’s Legislature that delights in refusing to even discuss gun laws unless it’s to make firearms easier to get. An example of that is Tomahawk Republican state Sen. Mary Felzkowski, who is promoting a bill this session to declare Wisconsin a "Second Amendment sanctuary state," ostensibly free to ignore any federal regulations that might be concocted by President Joe Biden. She introduced it, fittingly for this group of Republicans, days after there were three mass shootings in Wisconsin alone. It’s all an exercise in grandstanding, something Felzkowski, a self-proclaimed NRA life member, is good at. Should it somehow be passed by legislative Republicans, such foolishness won’t survive Gov. Evers’ veto pen. Other foolishness by GOP leaders won’t soon be forgotten either. Like the in-your-face antics of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and former Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald when Gov. Tony Evers, following yet another massacre, called a special session to consider strengthening […]

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