Wednesday, January 16, 2013--6:15p.m.
MADISON--Everybody seems to have an opinion on the topic of if--and how--to control guns. And the unveiling of President Obama's plan following recent shooting tragedies has both ends of the gun spectrum talking. "It's the same, unfortunately using another tragedy to push their agenda and we know that it doesn't work," said Jeff Nass, the president of Wisconsin FORCE. That's a group of firearm owners, ranges, clubs and educators. He said they're opposed to the president's push for universal background checks. "It is something that to make that effective you have to register every firearm that law-abiding citizens own and they're not going to go for that," he said.
Nass advocated that a better way to prevent tragedies would be to eliminate gun-free zones, so that law-abiding citizens can carry in those areas. "The sign on the door doesn't stop the bad guys or the lunatics, so we need to make, to eliminate those gun-free zones," he said. "That's the solution, having a good person with a gun to stop the bad person."
We also spoke with the executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, they're supporting the president's moves.
"The background checks will make a significant difference," said Patti Seger, the group's executive director.
The president wants to make background checks universal; closing a loophole that allows private sellers to skip the check. It's a move Seger supports. "There have been 50 victims of domestic violence homicide who were killed by a person who was restricted, prohibited from possessing a firearm," said Seger, citing data from 2000-2011. "That person was able to obtain a firearm not by going to a gun store, because a gun store is required to do a background check, but because they purchased them either through a gun show or through a private party sale."
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