The Gazette published a misleading article Tuesday (Page 1A) from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It implied that Democratic candidate for governor, Kathleen Vinehout, does not favor a ban on assault rifles. To be clear, most guns used for hunting are semi-automatic, and “assault weapons” is a popular term without a specific definition. How can we talk about banning assault weapons if we can’t agree on the definition?
Vinehout supports the banning of devices to make semi-automatic weapons fire like fully-automatic weapons. She also fully supports universal background checks to cover all gun sales, including private sales between individuals.
In addition, she differs with the NRA’s positions and is against arming teachers and allowing guns in schools and universities. She supports a person’s defense of their home under clear threat but not Florida-style “stand your ground” laws. On the issue of “conceal carry” rights, she believes one must have a permit.
Vinehout recognizes that the path to conversation and resolution on gun regulation is narrow and thorny. If we want to make progress on this or any divisive issue, we need to identify and push for those things where progress can be made while we continue to grapple with those things that will not immediately be successful.
My opinion is that Vinehout’s slogan will always be to “put people first.” She understands the democratic process. She seeks the position of governor in order to govern, to look for sensible solutions and not to dictate and divide us.