New coalition aims to reduce gun violence across the state

Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 4:39 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- A group of legislators is joining state organizations to reduce gun violence.

This new coalition hopes to come together to create gun safety laws.

The twelve members of the group stress they are not against guns, they just believe it is important for owners to realize the responsibility they carry along with those guns.

Jennifer Rosen Heinz is one of the members of the new Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety, and Madison's leader for Moms Demand Action.

"If you want something hard done, you ask a mom to do it, because we will show up, and we fiercely believe in the safety of our children and of our community," Rosen Heinz explains.

It's a unique opportunity for these organizations to work directly with lawmakers such as representatives Lisa Subeck and Terese Berceau to focus on reducing gun violence throughout the state.

"it's about advocacy, but it's also about getting the experts in the room with lawmakers so that we are all on the same page and moving forward with evidence-based solutions that work," Rep. Subeck (D) says.

But most importantly, they say, it lets communities know that they are not alone.

"There are other people that think like them and want to work on these issues and don't want to feel intimidated about working on this issue," Rep. Berceau (D) says. "They know it's common sense and that there are some things we can do about it."

Other states have similar coalitions, and many have seen their background check laws strengthen because of it.

Currently only democratic lawmakers are members, but they say republicans who agree with their mission would be able to join.

NBC15 has reached out to known gun activists about this new coalition, but they were not available to comment.

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