WDJT CBS 58 finished a week of special reports with an hour long special “The Gun Control Debate.” I thought they did a fine job with such an explosive topic and the guests on the show were well informed. Fourteen local participants from legislators, law enforcement agencies and everyday citizens took part in the event. Hosts Mike Strehlow and Michele McCormack both presented a very fair and balanced show. The panel seemed weighted to those in favor of less gun control, but I think that is because more people believe in less control on legal guns.
I have to admit that I was aware of some of the guests either by their standing in the community or through various activities and my opinion here is shaped by some preconceived opinions I have.
First of all I have to say that Sen. Lena Taylor was all over the right side of this issue. Sen. Taylor and I rarely agree on any item. On gun issues we seem to be on the same side and she was succinct and made a lot of sense defending her position.
Nazir Al-Mujaahid was well spoken and also righteously defended his stance. Nazir was the individual who thwarted a robbery at a local Aldi’s by firing on the thief. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with him and he’s extremely knowledgeable about the law and firearms and makes excellent sense when discussing the issues.
The two police chiefs, John Edwards of Oak Creek and Anna Ruzinski of Menomonee Falls along with Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls were very balanced and logical in their views. They explained how we need to balance the 2nd Amendment with common sense and how banning weapons would not have changed any of the tragedies we see happening. A view many of the panelists held.
On the other side of the argument Tracy Dent, a community activist, expressed his concern that obviously comes from his work with the aftermath of shooting deaths in Milwaukee. Backing him up were the unbalanced statements by State Reps. Fred Kessler and Sandi Pasch. Every time one of them gave their opinions they were quickly and rightly shot down. From blaming mental health to the reason why schools should not have armed guards the two looked like puppies with their tails between their legs when rebutted. I'd say both Reps showed how out of touch they are.
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan brought up a great point of “slow motion mass murder” that is happening in virtually every major urban center in the US. Zeus Rodriguez of St. Anthony’s School stressed the moral aspects of value of life and the lack of family structure in society.
The pro gun side with representation from Wisconsin Carry, Girls with Guns, and Concealed Carry Magazine stressed personal responsibility with weapons rather then the government trying to hinder the 2nd Amendment rights.
The argument seems to be broken down into who or what are responsible for gun violence. A gun that doesn’t fire itself or the people who have the guns.