Scott Walker has worked hard to check boxes necessary to prove his Second Amendment street cred, earning an A+ rating from the NRA. As governor, he signed a so-called “castle doctrine” law and a concealed carry law.
On concealed carry, however, his support for the measure now is a flip flop from his stance when running for Milwaukee County executive. His flip flop on the issue depending on his electoral audience is yet another example of Scott Walker’s willingness to do or say anything to get elected.
MADISON, Wis. – One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on Gov. Scott Walker’s Wednesday press conference.[One Wisconsin Now, 12/02/2015]
The National Rifle Association is trying to revive the flailing campaign of Gov. Scott Walker by placing a $1 million television buy for the next month in several markets around Wisconsin. The $1 million buy covers markets in La Crosse, Green Bay and Wausau.[One Wisconsin Now, 09/16/2014]
A $500,000 taxpayer funded state grant to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin has generated increasing controversy over the last several weeks as serious questions were raised about how the grant process was rigged to make sure it went to a politically connected GOP front group and the trustworthiness of the organization.[One Wisconsin Now, 09/05/2013]
In the wake of the country's latest mass shooting, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that more should be done to help mentally troubled individuals and that arming school officials should be "part of the discussion." Walker called for a summit involving top mental health professionals from around the state early next year...And Walker said that he would not rule out allowing school employees with firearms training to carry guns to fight back against armed intruders.[Wisconsin State Journal, 12/20/2012]
Scot Ross, the director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, couldn’t pass up a comment on the irony. He sent me Courtney’s letter, which is attached to this post, with the following comment: “With Scott Walker and the Republicans, you always follow the money. In May, they used the threat of guns in the Capitol to raise money. And in October they want to allow guns in the Capitol to raise money from the NRA.”[Capital Times, 10/10/2011]
Walker signed into law SB 93, the “Conceal Carry” legislation, which allows individuals to go armed with a firearm, loaded or not, and concealed or openly carried. Loaded firearms are also now generally allowed in vehicles with a concealed carry permit. The law specifies that an individual carrying a firearm openly or concealed cannot be charged with disorderly conduct. The individual can even openly load a firearm. Handguns, but not other types of guns, are allowed in public parks and wildlife refuges, however all firearms are prohibited within 1,000 feet of school grounds. The bill passed the Senate 25-8 and Assembly 68-27, and was signed into law by Walker on 7/8/11. (2011 SB 93, introduced 5/10/2011; Senate Roll Call; Assembly Roll Call)[2011 WI Act 35, 07/08/2011]
A state group representing more than 600 criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges and academics also opposes the castle doctrine bill. "AB 69 changes Wisconsin law by providing a defense for irrational people armed with deadly force. Under its provisions, malevolent, reckless, or paranoid people who shoot trick-or-treaters or repairmen on their porch will be presumed to be acting in self-defense," reads a statement issued this week on behalf of the criminal law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin…"At present, no member of the criminal law section of the State Bar, which is made up of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and academics, can come up with a single case wherein a homeowner was charged with a crime for defending himself or herself from a home intruder," the memo reads.[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/04/2011]
What Walker tells the voters today doesn't seem to bear any resemblance to what he might tell them tomorrow. Example: Walker has been a co-sponsor of a bill in the Legislature that would allow people to carry concealed weapons. Never mind that the bill would increase the guns on the street at a time when homicide is the leading cause of death among young African Americans. Never mind that the bill would endanger the lives of police officers, who oppose concealed carry laws. Well, just plain never mind. When the state Assembly recently passed concealed carry, Walker voted against it. Apparently, when you're running for an office that includes Milwaukee, which regularly loses its children to gun violence, you suddenly don't believe in concealed carry anymore. Walker's position on cutting state shared revenue to Milwaukee County is even more of a hypocritical flip-flop.[Capital Times, 04/13/2002]
The bill would have granted, “firearm importers, manufacturers, dealers and trade associations immunity from civil liability in any action brought by an individual or group for an injury or death caused by a firearm or by firearm ammunition.” (Assembly Journal)[1999 AB 246, 02/08/2000]
The bill prohibited, “any city, village, town or county (political subdivision) from enacting an ordinance that regulates firearms in a way that is more stringent than state law. (Assembly Journal )[1995 AB 69, 10/03/1995]