Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Guns: MJS makes dramatic shift in editorial position


I will bet that many Milwaukee Journal Sentinel readers did a double-take when they saw this editorial headline:

It's time to reconsider concealed-carry law

Wow! Now this, I told myself, I have to read.

A longtime, vociferous opponent of conceal-carry, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board has amazingly done a near about-face writing:

“The state should have this law if it is truly part of a larger package that includes closing the gun show loophole, making it a felony to act as a straw buyer and also a felony to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

Law enforcement officials feel that their hands are tied. While it's illegal to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin, the penalties for doing so are among the weakest in the country.

(Milwaukee Police Chief Edward)  Flynn told the Editorial Board that his frustration mounts after his department arrests someone carrying a gun, but the person is punished with a relative slap on the wrist.

We all should be willing to live with concealed carry if it is part of comprehensive firearm reform and if prosecutors are given the ability to severely punish those illegally carrying guns.”

I am pleased to see that the newspaper has finally come onboard relating to the straw buyer issue. I wonder, however, what took them so long since one of my Assembly representatives, Scott Gunderson has been pushing tougher straw buyer legislation for years.

As a supporter of conceal-carry, I would want to analyze the details of any comprehensive firearm reform package. However, the newspaper’s shift in opinion is significant. I hope my colleagues in Madison took notice.

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