letter: Why are GOP candidates wary of expressing Uvalde remorse?

To Ozaukee Press:

America is reeling from the shooting deaths caused by another teenager armed with a battlefield combat weapon who killed 19 children and two teachers. Local news reported the condolences of Gov. Evers and Democratic leaders. Republican Ron Johnson offered his sympathies. Yet there is no public response of remorse from Wisconsin’s gubernatorial candidates, Rebecca Kleefisch, Tim Michels, Kevin Nicholson and Tim Ramthun. Why?

Kleefisch and her husband Joel, a former Wisconsin legislator, support giving children under 10 years of age the right to carry and hunt with guns. Wisconsin law allows hunting with military weapons. Joel Kleefisch specialized in legislation for abuse victims, the most vulnerable being children. But now, as a lobbyist, he supports candidates who believe children have a right to carry weapons.

Tim Michels supports allowing guns in schools. Kevin Nicholson, a Bronze Star marine combat veteran, advocates for teachers to be armed, even though it took over an hour for professional police to dispatch the shooter in Uvalde, Texas. Tim Ramthun would sign legislation to eliminate permit requirements for firearms.

These candidates know that to admit remorse opens them up to public discussion on the weapons they approve and their views on gun control laws.

Military recruiters know that youth are easy to mold psychologically. Many states allow young men to carry combat military weapons with no military experience.

Wisconsin hunters and gun owners, hardworking, law-abiding citizens, deplore recent events, but how do they vote?

Research reveals 30% of voters have no idea what they are voting for. Most vote according to political culture. They apparently do not believe the massacres of Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Robb Elementary could happen in their community. Do they believe now? Time will tell.

A culture that kills children has no future.

Ken Bretl



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