Over the last two decades, there have been several high-profile school shootings like the ones in Newton, Connecticut, Santa Fe, Texas, and Parkland, Florida. While those incidents are the most well-known, many more shootings fall under the radar. There were 34 American school shootings in 2021 alone.
Rather than trying to stem the violence, though, Wisconsin Republicans are making their state more dangerous. They recently passed a bill that would allow some 18-year-old high school students to carry guns on campus.
Guns are banned in schools, but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, “one of the measures would do away with this convention. The bills would also allow Wisconsinites with concealed carry licenses to bring firearms into churches as well as permit out-of-staters with a concealed carry license to bring guns into the Badger State.”
Republican State Rep. Shae Sortwell opined, “If you’re old enough to fight for your country, [if] you’re old enough to sign contracts, if you’re old enough to decide who the president of the United States is, we think you’re old enough to be responsible with your rights and to be able to protect yourself.”
The Governor of Wisconsin is Tony Evers, a Democrat. This bill would have to pass through his desk. It is overwhelmingly likely that Evers would simply veto the bill.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.