Local Leaders Urge State Government To Address Mass Violence

Sep 27, 2019

More than 180 local government leaders in Wisconsin want the governor and legislature to take swift action to prevent incidents of mass violence.

Mayors, police chiefs, and administrators all signed a letter to Gov. Tony Evers, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke and Hurley Mayor Paul Mullard are among the signers of the letter, which was sent by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

It reads, in part, “We cannot continue the cycle that involved wringing our hands for a week and then moving on to business as usual.”

The letter suggests the Legislature take action on better background checks, red flag laws, or increased mental health response.  It specifically asks for more resources for cities and villages to train civilians and first responders who may face situations of mass violence.

The letter says finding consensus may be difficult, but that can’t be an excuse for doing nothing