MADISON –State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement today after hosting a press conference with Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison), urging the State Legislature to reinstate the 48-hour waiting period on handgun purchases:
“The violence that continues to rage across our nation and in our state has been nothing short of devastating. From the tragedy in Oregon to the shootings in Milwaukee, our nation has been shaken by the recent violent attacks on our population.
“At the State Legislature, it is our duty to stand up and ensure that Wisconsin residents are safe. We can start by restoring Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period on the purchase of handguns. This ‘cooling off’ period is critical to ensuring that individuals are not making impulsive, deadly decisions in the heat of the moment.
“We also need to begin looking at creative ways to reduce harm through collaboration and trust. In our state budget, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) set aside money for two Department of Justice (DOJ) positions that will help the Milwaukee Police Department with gun prosecutions. Despite multiple people urging Joint Finance to release this money, the latest JFC 13.10 notice did not include this critical request. I urge Joint Finance to take action on this, as we have already seen dozens of deaths in Milwaukee since they originally received the request from DOJ.
“Our community is resilient, but they need their elected officials to stand up and fight for their safety. Every week in Milwaukee, there is another person shot or killed. Our homicide rate is nearly double what it was at this time last year, and the urgency of this situation needs immediate attention from the State Legislature.
“I have drafted countless measures to try to reduce violence, strengthen neighborhoods, and create opportunities for the future. It’s time for my colleagues to stand up and help me take back our neighborhoods and end this senseless violence.”