One Wisconsin Now: Schimel wants to put guns in schools in the ‘best way possible’

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Analiese Eicher, Program Director
‘Brad Schimel Opened His Office to the NRA on His Second Day in Office, Now Schimel Will Open Our Kids’ School Hallways to the NRA’s Guns’

MADISON, Wis. — Brad Schimel, Wisconsin’s National Rifle Association-backed Attorney General, said yesterday in Green Bay he supports using federal funds to buy guns for teachers in schools, a move which will bring even more bloodshed to elementary and high schools.

“As a mom of two young children, I am outraged Brad Schimel wants to put guns in our schools,” said Joanna Beilman-Dulin, One Wisconsin Now research director. “Brad Schimel wants to put the NRA’s guns in our schools because the NRA has Brad Schimel in its pocket.”

After reports surfaced Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may let federal funds be used to put NRA guns into schools, Schimel was interviewed yesterday by a Green Bay television station. Schimel said, “I’ll help them make sure that that’s done the best way possible.”

Records obtained by One Wisconsin Now show that on his second full day in office, Attorney General Brad Schimel, who was endorsed by the NRA in his 2014 election, met privately in his office with its lead lobbyist. Schimel has, as suggested by the gun lobby, called for guns in schools as the solution to gun violence in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school.

“Brad Schimel opened his office to the NRA on his second day in office and now Brad Schimel will open our kids’ school hallways to the NRA’s guns,” said Beilman-Dulin. “There is only one answer to the question of putting guns in schools: Absolutely. Not.”

Schimel, whose term in office has been marked by unprecedented incompetence, partisanship and corruption, has offered zero opposition to the NRA’s agenda. He will be on the ticket in November with Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has not only received $3.5 million from the NRA, but also has been getting their money since his first successful election more than 25 years ago.

Earlier this week, One Wisconsin Now released a comprehensive report that included information showing Walker had an empty state plane fly halfway across the state to fetch him after a haircut, so the plane could then fly him to an NRA convention at a cost of $2,586.

“Schimel and Walker will do anything for the NRA,” said Beilman-Dulin. “We will see guns in schools across Wisconsin in 2019 if they get their way.”

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