Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 19, 2019
By Adam Jarchow
If you love freedom and the rights afforded every American under the constitution, consider yourself warned: The only thing standing between Gov. Tony Evers and your right to keep and bear arms is the GOP majority in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Here’s what we learned about Evers during his “special session on guns.” First, the elitist Evers is as politically tone deaf as failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Clinton, the Democrats’ shoo in candidate who lost Wisconsin for the first time in 32 years.
For years, Democrats mocked Republicans for “fear mongering” when they even suggested that the real goal of Democrats is to literally take away our guns. But Evers made it abundantly clear during his call for a “special session” on guns that confiscation was on the table. And we couldn’t find one, not a single legislative Democrat who would part ways with the governor. Yikes.
Fortunately, Evers is not a fighter. He’s a quitter. He called the special session as a stunt and when Republicans in the Legislature gaveled it in and out in just minutes, he quit. He said that he could call 100 special sessions “just to punish them” but wouldn’t. Instead, like a kid getting kicked in the backyard by his brother, he took his ball and went home to pout. Pour guy.
Evers’ big gun show was an attempt to shove gun control down the throats of Wisconsinites by driving a wedge between rural and suburban legislators. Instead, the Republican majorities in the Legislature stood strong for the 2nd Amendment. They didn’t flinch. They didn’t give an inch. They were united as they walked all over the weak and feckless governor. While Tony Evers was trying to make it harder to own a firearm just before the most important holiday in Wisconsin — the gun deer season — legislative Republicans stood strong for hunters and the 2nd Amendment. They deserve our thanks!
Adam Jarchow serves as president of Empower Wisconsin. The small business owner, attorney and volunteer firefighter is a former Republican state representative in the Legislature, where he was a leader on property rights, home affordability, and hunting rights. He authored the “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights’ — a package of bills aimed at expanding property rights and helping make home ownership more affordable.