Wisco AG Van Hollen Commemorates Columbine Tragedy by Calling for Less Gun Enforcement

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Its been exactly ten years since the horrific murders of 12 students and a teacher and wounding of 23 more victims at the Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado at the hands of the heavily-armed Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. Former Bush appointee and current Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen is commemorating this massacre by issuing a memo to the states district attorneys claiming that openly toting a firearm in the streets should not result in law enforcement charging someone with disorderly conduct.

Van Hollen, who was endorsed in his 2006 bid by the gun manufacturers front group the National Rifle Association, wrote in his memo: The Department (of Justice) believes that mere open carry of a firearm, absent additional facts and circumstances, should not result in a disorderly conduct charge.Unironically, Van Hollen cites the state’s constitutional amendment ratified a few years ago to keep and bear arms pushed by Republicans to hike turnout to the polls under Wisconsins constitutional amendment process.

How Van Hollen could be so tone deaf, is suspect to say the least. When it comes to gun violence, there is no more recognizable crime than Columbine.

Those who would argue Van Hollen chose this date to send a message to his allies in the gun manufacturing and distribution movement that hes with them, have a pretty strong case.

It belies any stretch of credibility that the states alleged top cop doesnt have someone in his office who knows Columbines 10-year mark is today.

He must think were stupid to think hes that stupid, right?

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Scot Ross served as Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now & the Institute from 2007 to 2019.