As of this writing, it has been 16 days since the Florida massacre of high school students. Test balloons like arming teachers have been soundly rejected, and rhetoric regarding making schools safer and addressing mental health has been bantered about. But as of yet, no legislation has been seriously passed in our state or nationally.

Why can’t the governor hold a special session to consider the following?:

1) Reinstate universal background checks and a 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases that was repealed in 2015.

2) Tighten up background checks that allow guns to be purchased online and at gun shows. Licensed gun sellers have had success preventing criminals from purchasing guns.

3) Ban the sale and purchase of bump stocks and automatic assault weapons.

4) Provide revenue limit exemptions to school districts for hiring mental health personnel that would put a school counselor and school psychologist in every school, along with school security expenditures.

Cannot the above somehow be shaped into legislation that would preserve Second Amendment rights and some assurance to students, families, school faculties and staff, that in Wisconsin we want our schools safe while maintaining reasonable gun laws?

JAMES FITZPATRICK

Fort Atkinson

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