These are quite sensible.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm and allowing off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools. This action will come one week after a suspected gunman shot and killed nine people in an African American church in South Carolina, yet again prompting a national discussion about gun laws in the U.S.
Walker plans to sign the two pieces of legislation — Senate bills 35 and 70 — at a ceremony at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Tuesday evening press release from the governor’s office. Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for the governor, said this bill-signing was scheduled and announced about two weeks ago, several days before the shooting occurred in South Carolina.
The reporter’s bias is telling. The assumption underneath the article is that it is somehow a scandal that Walker is signing laws expanding gun rights after a shooting that has prompted “a national discussion about gun laws in the U.S.” Why? If it is truly a discussion, couldn’t the result of that discussion be that we need to permit the wider spread of firearm possession by stand-up folks? Clearly the report doesn’t think so. She assumes that the “discussion” should result in stricter gun laws, in which case, Walker’s actions would be considered scandalous.
In any case, good for the legislature for passing these laws and for Walker for signing them.