Target: Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard
Goal: Preserve the existing waiting period for buying a handgun to prevent deadly impulsive gun violence.
People could soon be able to walk into a gun store and leave with a handgun as soon as an hour later if legislation introduced by Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard is passed into law. This would put countless lives at risk by making impulsive violence with deadly weapons all the more easy to commit. Demand that Senator Wanggaard rescind his proposal at once so that it can never become law.
Wisconsin currently has laws in place that enforce a 48-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns. This period is designed to give authorities enough time to run a background check on the person, but also to protect against impulsive acts of violence by providing time for “cooling off” on the part of the purchaser and allowing potential victims in domestic violence situations to seek help from authorities.
Apparently these concerns are just too inconvenient for Wanggaard. “I can’t walk in a door and purchase one without having to come back again,” he said. “There’s all the driving involved because that’s 45 minutes to where I purchase my firearms from where I live. So now it’s causing me more time and money to be able to do that.”
He addressed the concern that getting rid of the waiting period would put many at risk of impulsive violence by arguing that one doesn’t need to wait to buy other deadly weapons, so handguns should be no different. That, however, completely misses the point. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator Wanggaard abandon his dangerous legislation immediately.
Dear Senator Wanggaard,
I am writing you regarding a bill that you have introduced into the Wisconsin Senate that would repeal the 48-hour waiting period on handgun sales. This is a remarkably dangerous idea that should not be pursued any further.
While you dismiss concerns over eliminating the “cool off” period, designed to mitigate possible acts of impulsive violence, by saying that there are no comparable waiting periods for long guns in your state, that profoundly misses the point. Perhaps the solution to the discrepancy in sales policies between long guns and handguns in your state is to put waiting periods on all guns, not to remove them entirely. This would ensure that there is a cooling off period for all gun sales, not just handgun sales, and would eliminate your faulty justification for trying to get rid of the policy altogether.
Saying that your time and convenience, or that of anyone else, is more important than the health, welfare, and lives of other people is disgusting. Guns are used to kill people every day in this country. People who want to use them for entirely innocent reasons can stand to wait two days to get them if it means that fewer people will end up murdered. I demand you rescind your legislation from consideration so that it never becomes law.
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