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Jan 22, 201609:54 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Gun control sponsored by gun illiterates from Madison

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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (of all people) got it right in “Inconvenient gun facts for liberals.” His point, on the way to encouraging more gun control legislation, is that the wrong liberals are making the argument.

“… Liberals often inadvertently antagonize gun owners … by coming across as supercilious, condescending and spectacularly uninformed.”

As in Wisconsin, where gun control legislation originates from Madison liberals who possess no guns, know no guns, and have never fired a gun. People like State Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison. Her latest (no bill number yet) would require guns to be trigger locked or stored in a gun safe if anyone under age 17 is present.

In the analysis of State Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, the proposed bill “would make it a felony to have grandpa’s old shotgun hanging over the fireplace.”

Or to keep a handgun near the bed for self-defense. A constituent responded to Jarchow’s Facebook page speculating that the legislation must have been the work of State Rep. Nick Milroy.

His reputation at stake, Milroy retorted, “The bill is nutty (and it will never see the light of day). I’d be in jail right now if that bill became law.”

Milroy is a Democrat, but as far from Madison as you can get in the state legislature; his northwest district borders Lake Superior.

“It seriously pisses me off when my colleagues put bills out like this. Especially when they don’t know anything about guns,” Milroy vented. Hat tip to Media Trackers:

“I guess you can concern yourself with a lone wolf anti-gun Madison liberal whose bills have no chance in hell of passing regardless of who is in control,” Milroy told another Facebook user.

Media Trackers notes that last November four Madison Democrats introduced a plan that would have made most pistols and many popular rifles and shotguns illegal in Wisconsin. (Story here.)

Subeck confirmed to me Thursday that she owns no guns. One of her co-sponsors explained that the legislation was intended to prevent another Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. But the legislation would not have covered Adam Lanza, who was 20 years old when he killed his own mother at home, then slaughtered 20 first-grade children before taking his own life on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, CT.

I renewed my offer to take my liberal Madison acquaintance to the shooting range; she again declined.

You want gun safety, my acquaintances? Resist Hillary’s, Bernie’s, and Al Sharpton’s demands that we empty our prisons.

For extra credit: Tennessee concealed carry permit holders prohibited from carrying in a “gun-free” zone can sue for their injuries, if this bill is enacted.


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Jan 22, 2016 12:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As an expert on the exotic--though not, alas, extinct--species known as Liberalus Madisonius (native to a rarified ecosystem in south central Wisconsin), you should know that the anti-gun legislation proposed by Lisa Subeck is pure performance art. For Lisa and the rest of her ilk, doing the right thing (by their lights) is far less important than being SEEN to do the right thing. It's another excuse to hold their snoots a little higher in the air (assuming that's humanly possible). It's why they can be counted on to declare Madison a sanctuary city, to flounce around the State Capitol chanting anti-Walker vitriol, to sponsor job-killing environmental legislation that affects parts of the state they wouldn't dream of setting foot in (i.e., places with bars that serve Pabst and Schlitz, not craft beers), to promote a $15 per hour minimum wage for people with jobs a trained monkey could do. You get the idea.

Jan 22, 2016 03:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This myth that Donald Trump has spent "virtually no money" needs to be debunked right now. How do you suppose he makes it to these events around Iowa? You'd be incorrect if you said anything other than by flying there in his personal jet.

If you can own and fly a personal jet on "virtually no money," then I'm gonna get me one in virtually no time!

Jan 22, 2016 03:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Odd that blaska would condemn anyone for firearms illiteracy. A couple months ago he made an erroneous statement regarding automatic/semi-automatic weapons while chastising some "liberal". But when called on his misstatement he changed the text but never apologized, nor did he give credit for the person that pointed out the error. Whatta guy ...

Jan 22, 2016 04:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dear David "Einstein" Blaska -- If "more guns" really made us safe we would be the safest country on the planet, no? Why don't you acknowledge that the NRA exists to serve its masters -- the gun manufacturers? After all, they cough up more per annum than the dues-paying little people.

Jan 22, 2016 06:42 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

So Dave, you're saying legislators can only propose legislation when they have actual, hands on experience with the subject? Ideally, sure. But because Subek doesn't own a gun or has better things to do than hang with you at a gun range she can't touch the subject and look out for her constituents (which are not Milroy's constituents)? You well know laws come from lawmakers with various levels of experience with the subject. (The most clueless proposals, in my view, come from the self-righteous moralists of the GOP caucus pandering to a clueless yet "primary active" base. In my view.) The legislative process used to be a deliberative, collaborative process wherein proposals were refined, not rammed thru with almost no notice by authoritarian Republican majorities.
According to you, no male leggie could have anything to do with abortion legislation. I could probably go for that one.

Jan 24, 2016 11:14 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Notice the "sound of silence" after your posts lately. Dave, you are last year's news. Why bother?

Same old dribble..................................................boring

Jan 25, 2016 01:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I like to think of myself as a patriotic pragmatist, which of course makes me a liberal in someone like Blaska’s eyes; however I have more guns and know more about guns than Mr. Blaska has, does or ever will. In any case, It would appear that Blaska would like that law changed to read “youth under 21 years of age.” It also sounds like Nick Milroy may not understand the legislative process...

Jan 25, 2016 01:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

“They wanted to geld the First Amendment, to overturn the Citizens United decision, to put government agents in charge of who may say what and when they may say it.”

Blaska...o you ever get tired of making stuff up?

Jan 25, 2016 06:17 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat


Finally something we both agree upon.
"The most clueless proposals... come from the self righteous moralists... rammed through... by authoritarian majorities..."

A perfect description of the abomination called Obamacare.

Jan 25, 2016 10:57 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

You mean that old GOP proposal that preserved the private insurance industry?
Not what we're talking about here, Expat. Try to stay on subject.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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