Branstad: Gun laws not the answer
DES MOINES -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad urged school officials Monday to review a statewide safety advisory plan in light of the elementary school massacre in Connecticut, but he stopped short of recommending stricter gun-control measures or arming teachers and principals.
The Republican governor said leaders shouldn't rush to action but instead should review the safety guide, adopted this year. It covers a range of scenarios, including fires, tornados and the presence of an armed intruder.
"You have people at various viewpoints on the political spectrum that have different approaches-- some that want to have more severe gun control, some that want to arm teachers and administrators," Branstad said. "These things don't necessarily solve the problems."
Branstad suggested that county sheriffs, who issue firearm licenses in Iowa, withhold them from people with a known history of mental illness.
Preventing the causes of violence aimed at schools is paramount, Branstad said, noting that Connecticut has some of the nation's strictest gun-control statutes.
Lawmaker seeks bipartisan commission
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Democrats are calling for a deeper look into what has caused a spate of mass shootings around the country, including two in the last five months here in the Dairy State.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, said he plans to talk to Republican Gov. Scott Walker today about setting up a bipartisan commission to examine mass shootings. Rep. Fred Kessler, a Milwaukee Democrat, meanwhile says he's working on several bills to address mental health, ammunition and assault weapons.
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:08 am, Tue Dec 18, 2012.
CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn says the time for an assault weapons ban in Illinois is now.
The Chicago Democrat said the shooting in Connecticut, particularly the loss of so many children, should appeal to people's consciences. A gunman left 20 children and six adults dead at an elementary school.
He said Monday that he has reached out to top lawmakers and sponsors of a proposed assault weapons ban. The governor says lawmakers should consider the ban when they reconvene for the lame duck session in January.
Quinn pushed for an
assault-weapons ban after a deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater.
Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he agrees with Quinn. He noted that the city bans assault weapons, and he said he hopes leadership in Congress "would now have a vote of conscience."
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy agreed with Emanuel and said large ammunition clips also should be banned.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:08 am.