Sen. Ron Johnson talks issues with Columbus High School students

Sen. Ron Johnson talks issues with Columbus High School students

Gun Rights

COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson supports tighter border security, a solution to the crippling national debt, believes climate change is an overblown problem and enjoys listening to most music. But hold the rap, please. Johnson, a second-term Republican from Oshkosh, talked about all of those topics and several others with a group of students Friday at Columbus High School. Johnson and his aides swung through parts of southern Wisconsin to meet with constituents and tape a couple of television interviews in Madison. The senator met with the students, along with Columbus School District staff, school board members and city officials, for more than an hour. Johnson fielded many thought- provoking questions from students and a few weren’t afraid to press him on controversial topics concerning the environment, immigration and gun control. “The quality of the questions were very high,” Johnson said. “I find it energizing. The main thing is it gives me hope to come to high schools and hear intelligent kids ask intelligent questions.” After discussing topics with the group, Johnson encouraged the students to think freely and critically about important issues facing their lives. “I’m not asking you to agree with anything I said, but if I got you to think, that was my primary purpose,” Johnson said. “Don’t accept anything at face value; think for yourselves. If I’ve succeeded in getting you to think about these things, it’s been a well-spent hour.” Columbus students got to see Johnson’s candid sense of humor, but also his […]

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