How many more times do we have to hear this crap? In all the other states this doesn't happen, what is it about Wisconsin that makes it special?
Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz -- contending with heightened neighborhood unease in the wake of a 17-year-old high school student being gunned down on the city's southwest side two weeks ago, and the murder last week of a 23-year-old Madison man in nearby Fitchburg -- agrees.
"I don't think the answer to gun violence is more guns," he says.
He says Madison Police Chief Noble Wray will be heading up a task force of law enforcement officials that will focus on reducing gun violence and getting guns off the street. Wray declined comment for this story.
But gun advocates are sticking with their main argument: Criminals already have guns, so why shouldn't law-abiding citizens?
"You make a store or a school or a bank a no-gun zone, you make it a prime target for somebody who wants to shoot the place up," says Sauk City gun advocate Candace Dainty.
Dainty, statewide organizer for the national group Second Amendment Sisters, is outspoken in her belief that guns -- carried in the open or concealed -- should be allowed anywhere: schools, public buildings, hospitals. Earlier this year, she tried to organize a rally to take place on June 16 on the grounds of the State Capitol. She scrubbed the plan, ironically, because she was afraid of who might show up with a gun. Reading an online forum on OpenCarry.org, she came upon discussions among several people who planned to show up with long guns, which would have taken the event in an unintended direction, she says.
"In every whole group, you're going to have a nut case or two," she says. "And my rally drew out the nut cases."