Tag Archive: guns

Apr 26

UW-Eau Claire education student says she is fearful, and we’re not doing enough to stop school violence

In a column published by Education Week, UW-Eau Claire education student Rachel Badura – a member of WEAC Aspiring Educators – opens up about her fears of facing school violence as a future teacher. “As it is right now, I have to grasp that I could be asked to carry a weapon while I’m standing in front of my students,” she writes. “As it is right now, I have to seriously consider the fact that my body might become a shield if it means the difference between a child’s life or death. And I have to think about the fact that we are a nation so divided on this issue that almost nothing is being done to prevent more school shootings.”

Apr 20

WEAC leaders, members participate in Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools

WEAC members and WEAC leaders joined with educators and community members throughout the state Friday to send the message that Enough is Enough when it comes to gun violence in schools. WEAC President Ron Martin and Secretary Treasurer Arlene Braden donned “Enough” T-shirts and then headed to a rally at the State Capitol. WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen joined the Tomahawk Education Association and community members Friday morning during a school walk-in to support safe public schools. Similar activities were taking place Friday throughout the state and nation.

Feb 22

Arming teachers is not the solution to school violence, WEAC President Ron Martin says

WEAC President Ron Martin told WTMJ TV in Milwaukee Thursday that arming teachers is not the solution to school violence. “I think there’s some danger in creating legislation or policy that allows educators to carry guns in our public schools or even private schools for that matter,” Martin said. He said policy-makers need to listen to students who are calling for common-sense gun laws. “Our kids are telling us what needs to happen and we need to listen to them. We need to listen to them and take their advice.”

Feb 21

NEA: Parents, educators ‘overwhelmingly reject’ idea of arming school staff

In response to comments Wednesday by President Trump, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said bringing guns into schools “does nothing to protect” our students and educators from gun violence. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms,” Eskelsen García said after Trump, in a listening session at the White House, proposed to arm teachers and school staff in an attempt to prevent mass shootings.

Sep 20

Legislative Update – September 20 – Committee backs bill to repeal gun-free school zones

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety has approved SB 169, a bill to repeal Wisconsin’s “gun-free school zones” statute. The bill was met with heated debate at a public hearing in May and many news outlets have editorialized against it. The bill would allow people to carry concealed guns without getting training or state permits and in some cases bring them onto school grounds.

Jul 11

Bill promoting gun education in schools meets with resistance

A bill that would allow schools to offer on-site gun education classes is meeting with considerable resistance from educators and others who believe it would pose a safety issue in schools and take time away from other important curriculum.

May 25

Legislative Update and Action Alerts – May 25

The Joint Finance Committee is sorting out whether to support the governor’s budget proposal for a 5 percent UW tuition cut or hold steady at a continuation of a tuition freeze. Meanwhile, Democrats are pressing the budget panel to restore UW funding and fund two years of free college education through the Fund the Freeze campaign. Other topics include referendum restrictions, guns in schools, military service & WRS, and Career and Technical Education Grants.

Mar 30

Legislative Update – March 30

Bills circulating would limit school referenda … Joint Finance Committee public hearings … Governor threatens veto … ‘Act 10’ provision pushback … DPI agency budget briefing … Concealed carry legislation … Child labor laws … Broadband grants … Joint Finance Committee hearings

Dec 20

Opposition building to ‘guns in schools’ proposal

Parents and public school officials are beginning to a stand locally against a legislator’s plans for allowing guns in schools. About 60 people attended a Whitefish Bay School Board meeting this week to oppose the idea, and several school boards have adopted resolutions opposing the planned legislation. State Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) has said he will introduce a bill to allow licensed guns owners to carry weapons into schools

Nov 14

Legislator to introduce ‘guns in schools’ bill

Expect the issue of guns in schools to be resurrected early next year in the new legislative session. At a forum that he organized Saturday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Washington County, State Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) said he will introduce a bill to allow guns in schools. Specifically, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the bill initially will allow licensed gun owners to carry weapons on the grounds of private schools (because it is politically “an easier fit” to focus on private schools). However, Kremer said he expects to follow up with similar bills applying to public schools and college campuses.