Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session to Address ‘Gun Violence’

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers stands with March for our Lives representatives to announce his special session. (Gov. Evers Facebook)

Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced this week his intention to call a special legislative session to compel state legislators to pass a “red flag” law and a universal background check bill.

The move was met with staunch opposition by House and Senate Republicans, who control the legislature and are under no obligation to consider any of the governor’s proposals.

That hasn’t stopped Gov. Evers from his crusade – and from threatening to call a special session as many times as it takes to force Republicans to act, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The governor has described Republicans as going against the will of their constituents after a University of Marquette Law School poll seemingly indicated broad support for universal background checks and so-called red flag laws.  

“How many times can you go against 80% of the people of the state of Wisconsin … essentially telling them to go to hell and expect to be re-elected?” Evers said Monday. “It doesn’t make sense to me.”

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Evers, along with much of the mainstream media coverage, fails to mention that the poll questions do not encompass the scope of the policy proposals.

The universal background check bill put forward by Wisconsin Democrats only allows private transfers between “family members,” but it defines “family” as “spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child, or grandchild.” The bill also only allows firearms to be “gifted, bequested, or inherited” without a background check. If the firearm is sold, the purchaser must pass a check, no matter the relationship with the seller.

The Marquette survey question mentions none of this. It only askes, “Do you support or oppose making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks?”

The red flag question similarly misrepresents the actual language of the legislation. It asks, “Would you support or oppose a law allowing the police to take guns away from people who have been found by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others?”

The bill, by contrast, would also allow family or household members to request that a person’s guns be confiscated. In addition, “found by a judge” hides the fact that the judge’s ruling can come without a hearing. Under the legislation, a person’s firearms can be confiscated simply by obtaining a judge’s signature.

Wisconsin Republicans don’t appear to be taking Evers’ bait. They’ve indicated their plan to end the special session as soon as it begins.

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“Liberals across the country are upping their rhetoric in support of taking guns from law-abiding citizens,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a statement. “The Senate will not be part of a drawn-out strategy to infringe on constitutional rights.”  

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the proposals infringe on Second Amendment rights.

“A special session call will not change where my Assembly Republican colleagues and I stand on protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of Wisconsin citizens,” Vos said. “As I have repeatedly said, we will not entertain proposals that infringe on our constitutional rights.” 

Republican leaders are especially wary of Evers’ intentions after the governor mentioned he’d “consider” a mandatory buyback of so-called “assault weapons.” Assembly leaders see the governor’s special session as a way to advance that agenda.

“Today’s call is another indication that Governor Evers stands ready to confiscate guns in our state,” Vos said.

This isn’t the first time this year a Democratic governor has called a special session for a Republican-controlled legislature to consider gun control policies. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called a special session earlier this year to consider a full slate of gun control proposals, but Republicans ended it after less than two hours.

By all indications, Gov. Evers’ special session will meet with a similar fate.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • George September 11, 2020, 12:59 pm

    Well , I live here . Moved here from Daytona after I met my future Wife . Her son and his Wife lived here , so we moved to find work , it was 1992. I was born in Michigan and am trying to move back . We did NOT vote for this Noodles neck Dem . We also have our CCW permit and I often open carry . Hard to carry like I want on the Harley or in my truck . That said PISS on Evers and the COMMIEcrat DEMS .

  • Michael J October 25, 2019, 10:34 pm

    Why aren’t these anti-Constitution Communists removed from office and banned from further public positions? It’s always a democrat and their agenda is clear, subverting the U.S. Constitution without any oversight or consequence. Mob mentality is what gets these vipers into office and keeps them there. Term limits is the only solution to this tyranny.

  • Charley Murphree October 25, 2019, 8:44 pm

    Democrats, the way they act, I think they ought to be arrested & tried for treason. Play it again sam.

  • Charley Murphree October 25, 2019, 8:33 pm

    Yes,my input is the same.

  • Larry October 25, 2019, 6:25 pm

    The law school mentioned is no doubt a majority of far left liberals. The sad point Is going to make seems to go right over the heads of liberaks/DEMORATS!! It’s not the law abiding gun owners that are murdering people but the murderous criminals killing people. Why do the demorats realize this you ask? They don’t have a solution to stop the murderous criminals. So to show their base of liberal puppets that there doing something they punish law abiding gun owners!

    TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 AMERICA save it or not

  • M1A1 Abrams October 25, 2019, 5:51 pm

    Don’t put all Yankees in one basket. Or I could figure you’re just trailer trash. I’m closer to the fight than you are w/out a doubt. You do realize some of us are YOUR first line of defense ?

  • M1A1 Abrams October 25, 2019, 5:46 pm

    These same clowns are selling nuclear fuel rods around the world to who knows who. They push weapons all around the world to factions to overthrow the current Govt. Arm ISIS just to enrich themselves. But yeah let’s take the peoples Right to self defense in the USA. But yes let’s disarm America. I say GFY ! Come take them. Find out where the Blackberries phones are & you have the guilty. Untraceable by NSA.

  • Clem October 25, 2019, 11:59 am

    Quit trying to pass illegal gun laws and violating the 2nd amendment. If you feel so strongly convene a constitutional convention and change the 2nd amendment otherwise shut up. All gun las are illegal!

  • Peter Brown October 25, 2019, 11:52 am

    The democrats have never stood out as proponents of this country. However, based on the deplorable-democrat conduct from the second that Donald Trump was elected President, I fail to understand how anyone of reasonable intelligence or objectivity could refer to them as the “democratic party”. There is nothing, absolutely nothing democratic about the desperate, panicking, democrats.

    • Charley Murphree October 25, 2019, 8:25 pm

      BRAVO! YES!

  • Alej October 25, 2019, 10:51 am

    Why I despise Yankees, Reason No. 42.

    • Big Al November 9, 2019, 4:47 pm

      So, you really don’t care who you offend????
      If I weren’t open minded, and understand that many of my Southern brothers and sisters are damn fine Americans, I would say “Spoken like a typically ignorant southern rebel good ol’ boy”.
      That of course, is just as foolish.
      Is that how you wish to paint yourself?
      Your mindset of North and South is utter nonsense, this is about blue and red, NOT blue and gray.
      You have lefty libs too, they are everywhere.
      We “Yankees” aren’t all Lefty, and many of us are just as proud of our home States as any Southerner, and just as proud of being American.
      I would remind you that the Constitution was written for ALL the people, regardless of geographic dispersal.
      And that famous line by one of our Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin, “We must indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately”.

  • joefoam October 25, 2019, 10:23 am

    He’s going to force legislators to pass gun control? What if the constituents don’t want gun control. Petty tyrant.

    • Charley Murphree October 25, 2019, 8:41 pm

      Democrats, the way they act, I think they ought to be arrested & tried for treason.

  • Zupglick October 25, 2019, 9:07 am

    Impeach him!

  • Gary Hull October 25, 2019, 8:18 am

    Noticed placard saying Wisconsin for us. This certainly doesn’t mean Wisconsin for all residents. The people who believe getting rid of guns are the real mentally ill people. It is still about control by Demoncratic politicians. They are cowards and will never feel safe even if they did control everything. Gary

  • Robert J. Lucas October 25, 2019, 8:17 am

    Nazi Germany Repeat 1938. The Demon-i-cRats are postioning for complete Seziure.

    For those of you who have been taught History, and for those of you who have Not, it is worth while to review and read “A LITTLE GUN HISTORY” Below…

    “Author: Rhodney Freeman”
    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and other so called enemies of the state were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    56 million defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:
    You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

    Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late! Do Not Listen to these Anti-Constitutional Minions.
    The next time someone talks in favor of any type of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
    With guns, we are “citizens”. Without them, we are “subjects”.
    During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
    If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all your friends.

    • D.J. October 25, 2019, 10:01 am

      Excellent point , Mr. Lucas . All instances mentioned are exactly
      correct , and indisputable . They should be required to be taught
      to every school aged child in this Nation .
      MOLON LABE !

  • Pseudo October 25, 2019, 7:30 am

    Just an irony here, but why is it not referred to as “People Violence?”

  • rsmalt October 25, 2019, 6:24 am

    So, Evers is about to pull a “Northam.” I expect the results to be about the same. Idiot.

  • SuperG October 23, 2019, 10:39 am

    “Because we need to feel good that we’ve done something, even though it will do nothing but take away the Constitutional rights of the citizenry.” And the federal government sits on its hands and does nothing to protect the Constitution, how sad is that?

    • John J. Pellegrino October 25, 2019, 6:00 pm

      “Government sits on its hands and does nothing” – BECAUSE the government WANTS the citizenry disarmed because again, the government wants total control of this country as a police state where only the police and the military, both totally controlled by the government, will have Guns and the new government WON’T be following our Constitution. The have a New Constitution for the New States of America already written and it has no Prelude that starts out as “We The People” and it also states that no citizen will have weapons which also no doubt includes hammers and hatchets. Our Constitution limits the power of government and it hates that idea, so their New Constitution allows their new government absolute power over us so after they succeed in collecting the guns, we are DEAD. Before you let them take your gun if you are stupid enough to give it/them up, you might as well shoot yourself with it first. Like another poster said it has happened before in History many times and History has a habit of repeating itself, and will again this time if we don’t prevent
      it. While we were still under British rule American conservatives, basically Republicans at that time, the Democrats were formed to work against the Republicans because the democrats wanted to stay under British rule. Creating our Constitution was not simple, it was had fought and people died over the process and that is why John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence in a huge way and said, if they want me they won’t have a problem reading my name (or words to that effect). So not being a real Historian, I still remember that the idea of taking this country over by “total control fanatics” has been a goal of theirs since around 1884 is what I think I read. Being 80 years old now I know that my memory is not a good at it used to be, but I still remember this “Live Free or Die” still applies.

      One question, after reading the above, who do you think is really behind what the liberals call Gun Violence?

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