Gun Rights


COPPER vs. LEAD

The bullet on the right is a 165 grain copper jacketed lead bullet. The one on the left is a 165 grain all copper bullet. Both are made by Federal Cartridge. The copper ammunition costs me about $1.50 more per box of twenty rounds compared to the premium lead ammo I used to use. (If you use cheap lead ammo, the difference in price will be greater.) Both are deadly on deer. The lead round, a boat-tailed soft point, kept us in venison for three decades. The copper round has done the same for the last five years. As I hunted deer today, I sat within sight of the gut ...

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The Choice on Guns

Bad thinking and misinformation about guns is common in our country. Apologists for our crazy gun culture often use misleading statistics. Their arguments sound reasonable or appear to be supported by facts and numbers. But statistics can be misleading when they are misused, out of context or interpreted incorrectly. I recently read a letter-to-the-editor that claimed mass shootings were not a problem because they are a very small percentage of the 45,000 gun related deaths each year. The author  accused gun control advocates of exaggerating the issue. It is true that ...

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An open letter to the Wisconsin Legislature: We need to keep guns out of the hands of abusers

Dear Legislators; A recent case that went before the State Supreme Court has shed some light on a troubling fact: Wisconsin has no laws prohibiting the possession or purchase of firearms by people who have committed violent misdemeanors. Daniel Doubek, a man who threatened the life of his estranged wife, is now allowed to obtain a concealed carry permit. It is absurd to say the least. The courts did their job, which amounts to interpreting the law, so it is clear to me that the job of changing the law is up to members of the State Assembly and Senate. In ...

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Guns Are Not the Answer

Over the weekend of March 19-20 there were nine mass shootings across the country. Eight people were killed and 60 wounded including children and unlucky bi-standers. These incidents happened in diverse locations and a variety of social settings. The usual reasons given for gun violence – a mentally ill “lone wolf”, “bad guys,” drug gangs, ethnic or religious hate – don't seem to apply. From the limited information available, there appears to be only one common thread to these incidents – the presence of guns. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 4 shot at a party ...

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Vigil to End Gun Violence

Friday, December 14 is the Vigil to End Gun Violence. YWCA 613 N. 5th Street, Wausau, WI, 54403 6:30 p.m. This vigil will call for common sense measures to reduce gun deaths and injuries in our nation. This vigil will honor all victims and survivors of gun violence, and shine a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our country. December 14 marks six years since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT where 20 children and 6 educators were killed. YWCA of Wausau is partnering with the Newtown Foundation, Moms Demand Action for Gun ...

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VOICES FROM THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES IN WAUSAU, PART 2

Kristin Conway, the organizer for Moms Demand Action (MDA) in the Wausau area, reflected on the mass killings in recent years. A few months ago, MDA began with two people. Thirty-five people attended the meeting after the Parkland shooting. Moms Demand Action provided a table inside the Wausau Mall with literature, voting information, and postcards. Participants wrote messages on the cards that were then sent to Congressman Duffy’s office. Marchers solemnly marched to Congressman Duffy’s empty office. “Now we ask for some silence and mindful thoughts or ...

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COMMON THEMES

Common themes intertwined from the Marchers who came to support the students during the March for Our Lives in Wausau. About 200 people joined student organizers on the 400 Block in Downtown Wausau to remember the 17 students who died February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Anna Klieber, one of the organizers from Wausau West, spoke about growing up with social media and technology. It is a way to stay connected. She also sees the harm that social media can do. Anna spoke about Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the shooting, ...

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Guns Explained With Cats

Protecting Our Families and Communities From... “Vicious Cats?” Well...maybe we don't have a dangerous cat problem, but, don't we have an obligation to protect our children, ourselves and friends and neighbors from harm if we can? According to the latest “Quinnipiac Poll,” most Americans think so...

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Banning Assault Rifles WORKS!

Horrific mass shootings do not have to happen. They are not inevitable. We know how to reduce the number of mass shootings and the number of people killed in these attacks. We know this because it has been successfully done in other countries. Australia is a good example because of their success and their similarity to our country. Like us Australians have a wild west, rugged individual mentality, and a tradition of gun ownership. Guns and hunting are popular. They have similar macho attitudes about manliness. They drink a lot of beer. The Aussies love rugby which, like ...

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Guns in Our Communities 2017

Once again a mass shorting is in the news. In California an angry white man shot up a small rural community apparently over employment and domestic problems. Last week in Texas, an angry white man killed 26 in a small rural church apparently because of a dispute with his mother-in-law. Before that in Las Vegas an angry, rich white man killed 59 and wounded 527 for no apparent reason at all. And the list goes on and on and on.... The common denominator in all these tragedies is the easy availability of guns, specifically military style weapons with high capacity magazi...

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