To the Editor-
What is wrong with our governor and our Wisconsin Republican Legislature? Not only are there thousands of concealed guns floating all over our state, but now these “responsible” gun owners with permits are allowed to carry switchblades?
Gov. Walker says everyone should have the right to protect themselves. What about the men, women and children who are in danger of leaving their homes because of the rampant presence of hidden guns, and now switchblades? Do we have rights to a nonviolent world? Scores of us have been around well over 60 years and never had the need to protect ourselves.
Almost everyday we read about children who have shot themselves or other children. No doubt many of these guns belonged to “responsible” owners with permits.
A woman shoots a shoplifted fleeing authorities in a story parking lot, endangering others with ricocheting bullets. A man hears an intruder, only to discover he has shot and killed his own son. Even “responsible” people make irresponsible decisions on the spur of the moment.
What are the stories about “responsible” gun owners who has stopped a crime or murder? If a thief is determined, especially one with a drug problem, the possibility that someone may have a gun is not going to deter him.
If these “responsible” gun owners already have a gun, what on earth do they need a switchblade for? All one can imagine is that if they have shot someone and the person didn’t die, are they going to slit the victim’s throat?
While gangs and others can find guns illegally, how much easier is it going to be to get a switchblade and carry it in their pockets?
Obviously, our lawmakers did not bother to consider the violence during the 1950s that caused switchblades to be banned. Have they never seen the movies “Grease” or “Rebel Without a Cause”? Not only were gangs in cities armed with switchblades, but even a disturbed teenager in my small, rural high school was caught with a switchblade.
A teen was recently found to have a loaded gun, not in Milwaukee, but in a Wausau high school. How much easier will it be to get a switchblade and take it to school?
The budget the legislature is working on now needs to include metal detectors for entrances to every high school, junior high and grade school in the State of Wisconsin. With the violent society we are creating for our children, metal detectors are needed more in our schools than our courtrooms.
Sue Ann Maule McAbee