Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 10 2019
MADISON — “Bipartisan” Gov. Tony Evers says he’s ready to compromise on “gun safety.”
The same governor who stubbornly pushed a go-nowhere special session on gun confiscation, tells WISN’s Upfront over the weekend that he’s open to finding “common agreement” with the Republican Legislature on mental illness initiatives and school safety.
In doing so, Evers doubled down on his call for a universal background check on certain weapons and a “red flag” bill that would give authorities greater power to take away guns from those deemed a “threat” — two nonstarters for Republicans. And he ultimately diminished the areas of “common ground.”
“I will say it again, not all violence, gun violence, happens because of mental health. This is one small part of it,” the governor said. “We also have to understand kids have traumatic experiences on social media, economic circumstances, that we have to deal with.”
And “traumatic experiences” wouldn’t be categorized under mental health?
Republican leadership made clear after Evers announced his political gun show that they would not entertain legislation that infringed upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. They have also made funding to deal with mental illness, what many believe to be a root cause of violence in America, a key part of their agenda.
Still, Evers played politics, a liberal politician once more undercutting his phony bipartisan image.
“The bills are out there,” he said. The Legislature could take them up any time with his blessing, he said.
“In the meantime, we’re focusing on issues we can find common ground on, at least I am,” Evers said.
Don’t hold your breath.