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Written by Shelia Stubbs Press   
Thursday, 21 September 2023 17:57

guncontrol-protestEnough is enough says Milwaukee Representative.


MADISON – WI – Following Representative Shelia Stubbs’ speech during the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort’s Gun Violence  Prevention Day, Representative Stubbs released the following statement:

In our communities, our BIPOC and youth bear the brunt of gun violence. Nationally, death by firearm is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth. Black Wisconsinites are 26 times more likely to die by gun homicide than white residents. Black youth are 4 times more likely to die by gun than their white peers.

In Dane County, on average, one resident dies every 10 days from a firearm. We are not protected. Every day we fail to pass comprehensive legislation to end gun violence, we permit another tragic, unnecessary death.  I am dedicated to ending the epidemic of gun violence, a public health crisis that terrorizes the city of Madison, the state of Wisconsin and the nation as a whole.

shelia-stubbsThis session, I’ve introduced AB637, a bill that will require background checks for every gun sold in Wisconsin. We must prevent the next headline, while ensuring that the rights of responsible gun owners are respected. This is a commonsense gun-violence prevention law that could significantly reduce gun-violence in our state by keeping guns out of the wrong hands. I ask that my Republican colleagues join and support these bills in order to keep our fellow Wisconsinites from harm.

I would  like to thank the speakers: Attorney General Josh Kaul,  Rep. Deb Andraca, Sen. LaTonya Johnson, Focused Interruption CEO/President Anthony Cooper, WAVE Executive Director Jeri Bonavia and Forward Latino Director Darryl Morin. I Also special thanks to  the WAVE Educational Fund, Brady: United Against Gun Violence, Giffords, 80% Coalition, March for Our Lives, Forward Latino, and the Wisconsinites that came out for this critical issue. Finally, I would like to thank all the families that shared their stories today.

Every day we fail to make change, we fail our people. I ask that my Republican colleagues join and support these bills in order to keep our fellow Wisconsinites from harm. Let’s build safe communities, together.

In closing, I quote Vice President Kamala Harris who said, “But let’s be clear: We have more to do.  So, let us continue to fight, to make sure the voices of students and parents and teachers and preachers will not be silenced.  Let us make sure.  Let us make sure that the voice of the people will be heard, that the voice of the people will not be discouraged, will not be deterred, and that we will not tire.”

This is a call to action. Enough is enough.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2023 10:09
 
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