Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 5, 2019
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Never bring a knife to a gun-control fight.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes did just that Tuesday, joining other liberal politicians who went off half-cocked following a stabbing at Oshkosh West High School.
“wtf man,” Barnes tweeted at Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). He did so just as news was breaking about the incident.
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) December 3, 2019
Barnes’ tweet, as undignified as it was, was immediately shot down by people who were paying attention.
“It’s a knife attack on an SRO (school resource officer) & the abolish SRO leftist crowd is going after guns. Let that sink in,” tweeted the Dane County GOP.
That’s right. It wasn’t a student with a gun. A 16-year-old stabbed a school resource officer before the SRO shot the teen in self defense, according to the Oshkosh Police Department. Both were injured, but the injuries are not life-threatening.
The incident occurred less than a day after a 17-year-old student at a Waukesha high school armed with “two realistic-looking” pellet guns was shot by a police officer after the teen pointed the weapon at him.
Both incidents underscored the importance of school resource officers and fast-responding police officers — not the need for more gun-control laws that would have done nothing to prevent the threats in Waukesha and Oshkosh.
In the Waukesha case, a school resource officer rushed to classrooms to lead students to safety after word spread that the suspect had pointed the gun at a fellow student.
The Republican-led Legislature and then-Gov. Scott Walker allocated $100 million in funding to secure Wisconsin’s schools in Walker’s last budget.
As the Dane County GOP aptly pointed out, some gun-control liberal activists have fought to keep school resource officers out of schools, particularly in Madison where the issue has been especially contentious.
“Listening to news reports describe how safety improvements were used yesterday is confirmation that Republicans and Democrats made the right choice in working together to fund that program,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.
But the facts didn’t stop liberal politicians from doubling down on their gun-restriction agenda.
Gov. Tony Evers, who last month pushed an ill-fated special session on gun-confiscation laws, immediately weighed in and doubled down on the liberal narrative.
“The last two days tells us that we can’t keep pretending that this only happens in other communities or in other states—it’s happening here, too. We can’t just accept that violence in our schools is a foregone conclusion, and we have to get to work to do everything we can to keep our kids and our communities safe,” Evers said in a statement.
Who is accepting violence in our schools as a foregone conclusion? Securing our centers of education, staffing them with trained law enforcement officers, and attacking the problem at the root not the branches (confronting rising rates of mental illness), that’s keeping our kids safe. The proof is in the heroic people this week who put their lives in harm’s way to do just that.
But liberals shooting at the Second Amendment are more about limiting liberty than they are about solving the systemic problems.
What’s next? Universal background checks on knives and cutlery bans?