Kaul Calls for More Gun Safety Laws
Molson Coors shootings reignite debate over background checks, red flag laws.
A workplace shooting in Milwaukee last week that left six people dead, including the shooter, has renewed calls for gun safety laws that have caused political division in the state.
Fifty-one-year-old Anthony Ferrill fired at five coworkers before turning the gun on himself in the Wednesday shooting at Molson Coors brewery complex.
Shortly after the shooting, state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, D-Milwaukee, called on colleagues in a statement to take “real, decisive action in order to protect families from the scourge of gun violence.”
On Tuesday, Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul joined in the chorus of calls for additional gun laws.
“I do agree with Gov. (Tony) Evers and Rep. Brostoff, we should be taking steps that we know can prevent these kinds of tragedies,” Kaul told WPR’s “The Morning Show.” “There’s no silver bullet. There’s nothing that’s going to stop all mass shootings. But there are steps than can make our communities safer and reduce the likelihood that these will happen.”
A special session on gun legislation called by Evers in November resulted in no action by lawmakers, who didn’t debate or take a vote on expanding background checks or instituting a red flag law.
Democrats supported such a law, but Republican leaders stressed Second Amendment rights and the need to improve mental health care.
On Monday, Evers signed a law for a school-based mental health pilot in Outagamie County. The bill was authored by state Rep. Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, who said it will allow school staff to address student mental health issues in real time.
“With 1 in 5 students experiencing a mental health issue, now is the time to give both our students and schools the support they need,” Steineke said in statement. “I’m excited to see this bill cross the finish line, knowing the incredible resource it can be for our students who are struggling.”
Listen to the WPR report here.
Kaul Calls For More Gun Safety Laws In Wake Of Brewery Shooting was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
More about the Shooting at Molson Coors
- As Molson Coors Restarts, Company Looks at Culture - Corri Hess - Mar 6th, 2020
- Milwaukee Police address misinformation regarding motive of suspect involved in active shooter incident - Milwaukee Police Department - Mar 4th, 2020
- Kaul Calls for More Gun Safety Laws - Shamane Mills - Mar 4th, 2020
- Community Honors Shooting Victims - Alana Watson - Mar 2nd, 2020
- Molson Coors Shooting Restarts Gun Debate - Isiah Holmes - Mar 1st, 2020
- Remembering the Molson Coors Victims - Corrinne Hess and Megan Hart - Feb 29th, 2020
- Hundreds Attend Vigil For Molson Coors Shooting Victims - Alana Watson - Feb 28th, 2020
- Brewery Workers Local 9- February 28, 2020 - Brewery Workers Local 9 UAW - Feb 28th, 2020
- Shooting at Molson Coors Left 6 Dead, Including Gunman - WPR Staff - Feb 27th, 2020
- Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Molson Coors Tragedy - Gov. Tony Evers - Feb 27th, 2020
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 494 Statement on the Tragic Shooting at Molson Coors - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 494 - Feb 26th, 2020
- Sad and unthinkable day for Molson Coors and the City of Milwaukee - Ald. Russell Stamper, II - Feb 26th, 2020
- Gov. Evers Statement on Molson Coors Shooting - Gov. Tony Evers - Feb 26th, 2020
- Rep. LaKeshia Myers Issues a Statement Regarding the Active Shooter at MillerCoors in Milwaukee - State Rep. LaKeshia Myers - Feb 26th, 2020
- Statement from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele - County Executive Chris Abele - Feb 26th, 2020
- Rep. Brostoff Statement on Molson Coors Shooting - State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff - Feb 26th, 2020
- Statement from Attorney General Josh Kaul - Josh Kaul - Feb 26th, 2020
- Statement on Tragic Workplace Shooting in Milwaukee - State Sen. LaTonya Johnson - Feb 26th, 2020