Penebaker: Permitless carry bill would make Wisconsin a more dangerous place
On Sept. 8, 1979, she left a note, drove on the freeway, sat in the car by herself and pulled the trigger. My mom, Joyce, was only 27 years old when she shot and killed herself. I don’t remember anything about her.
I don’t know what my mother’s voice sounds like, what her smell or touch is like. All I have are a few faded pictures and a death certificate. I don’t remember what Christmas morning was like with her or what her fun things to do with me were. My mom missed me earning an athletic scholarship to college. She missed the births of my three kids and my wedding to my beautiful wife. She missed every mistake and every success I’ve ever had.
In Wisconsin, we experienced more than 600 gun deaths in 2015 alone, and nearly 70% of those gun deaths were gun suicides like my mom. Southeastern Wisconsin, particularly Milwaukee, has experienced a deadly amount of gun violence that claimed the lives of 250 people from 2015 to 2016, according to the Journal Sentinel. These aren’t just statistics, these numbers represent the pain that nearly 600 families have endured, families that now join the loneliest club. When you see these numbers and then you meet the families behind the statistics, you understand that the deadly epidemic of gun violence is more than the black-and-white figures on a piece of paper.
But instead of taking meaningful action to reduce gun deaths, some of our representatives in Madison are trying to weaken our existing gun laws. There’s a gun bill being considered in the statehouse, SB 169, that instead of doing anything to make us safer would instead eliminate our permit requirement for concealed carry — taking away a basic safety standard that helps law enforcement ensure that people carrying handguns in public have clean criminal records and safety training.
Wisconsin’s Professional Police Association opposes this proposal on the ground that it eliminates the current training requirement. Recent polling shows a majority (86%) of Wisconsin gun owners think you should have a permit and safety training to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public.
For Immediate Release
October 21, 2016
The Cost of Domestic Violence
Waukesha, WI – Khary Penebaker, Democratic nominee for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District, issued the following statement:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and today is the fourth anniversary of the Azana Spa mass shooting in Brookfield where an estranged ex-husband invaded his ex-wife’s workplace and shot and killed three women and wounded four others. It is not a rare incident – every day three people die in America as a result of domestic violence. As we remember this attack today in our community, every other part of America is also remembering its own loss because everyone in America lives near a place where domestic violence took their neighbors. Today we mourn the loss of Zina Daniel, Cary Robuck, and Maelyn Lind along with the countless other lives we’ve lost to domestic violence.
We need to do better. We need to listen to women who are in danger, and we need a federal law that offers a mechanism for removing weapons from the possession of a convicted domestic abuser. Recently, the Wisconsin legislature in a bipartisan vote approved the same law (the SAFE Act), but many states still allow this domestic violence escalation loophole. We need to enact similar commonsense legislation federally so we can prevent future tragedies from occurring. We know the clearest predictor of future violence is past violence. Three women every day, 52 every month via guns. We must elect a Congress that cares about women or we will continue to add to the long list of lost neighbors.
For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.
For Immediate Release
October 18, 2016
Sensenbrenner Dodges Debate
Today marks six weeks since thirty-eight-year incumbent Jim Sensenbrenner was challenged to a series of debates by Khary Penebaker, his Democratic opponent. The challenge was delivered by certified mail via the US Post Office and announced online.
No response has been received from Jim Sensenbrenner by email, telephone message, text, mailed letter, social media post or any other known form of communication. Mr. Penebaker did not ascribe any specific motive to the failure to respond, but noted that there is “a long Congressional tradition of laziness” and “a new Congressional fad of ignorance.” Khary Penebaker also refused the possibility that his opponent was trying to distance himself from other Republican candidates. “The Congressman has already shown that he is not afraid to defend Donald Trump’s values.
“The people of Southeastern Wisconsin deserve honesty and hard work from their Congressman, even if he is a nineteen-term incumbent. Congressman Sensenbrenner’s refusal to defend his political values in debate insults citizens who have voted for him for decades, abandons the people who are concerned at the sudden transformation of the National Republican Party, and sets a poor example for students everywhere,” said the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives for Wisconsin’s 5th District.
Khary Penebaker believes that voters deserve to know how their next Representative will stand on the issues that affect them such as:
- Creating good paying jobs for veterans
- Mental health care
- Domestic violence reduction
- College affordability
- Student loan interest rate controls
- Ensuring opportunities for new four-year and technical college graduates
- Maintaining safer communities
- Common sense gun reform
- Tax incentives for businesses to grow and expand
- Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act
- National security spending
- Homeland security spending
- Drinking water quality
- Preserving parklands for future generations
- Child health and wellness programs
- Quality funding for high performing schools
- Standards for academics and student learning
- Technology improvements in the classroom
- Women’s health and wellness
- Protecting Social Security
- Affordable prescription drugs for seniors
- Tax relief for middle class taxpayers
- Investing in roads, bridges and highway infrastructure projects
- Enhanced university research and development funding
- Improving response times to public concerns
Democracy is not served when our elected officials hide their views from the public.
For Immediate Release
October 8, 2016
Sensenbrenner Bears Responsibility for Trump, and for Trump’s Betrayal of Republican Values
Waukesha, WI – Yesterday, we were all forced to confront Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vile anti-woman worldview in his own words. It comes after sixteen straight months of Mr. Trump’s own graphic words describing equally vile opinions on a seemingly endless list of groups; including but not limited to disabled adults and children, veterans, pregnant women, Mexican Americans, African Americans, refugees, Muslims, and several distinct attacks on Asian American ethnicities. More than that, it comes after four decades of news stories about Donald Trump’s prejudices.
As news agencies large and small struggled to report a story so offensive that they had to censor their headlines and despaired of meeting FCC broadcast decency standards, we looked to the leadership of the Republican Party to stand up against the politics of hate. Here in Wisconsin, our dean of the National Republican Party, thirty-eight year incumbent Congressman James Sensenbrenner, did not live up to that expectation. Not long ago, Sensenbrenner bragged at a Waukesha rally of being Vice Presidential nominee Pence’s political mentor, claiming he was one of the only members of Congress in 1988 to travel to Indiana to help him become a politician. Sensenbrenner has enough influence that, when Donald Trump was challenged to provide specifics from his immigration plan, Trump’s answers were taken from a bill written and sponsored by Sensenbrenner in 2005.
This weekend, lifelong Republican voters across Southeastern Wisconsin shake with shame and anger, betrayed in all of their values by their own Party. As was the case during the Republican Primaries, Congressman Sensenbrenner was not available and did not use his years of political influence to help.
Khary Penebaker, Democratic nominee for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District, issued the following statement:
“This is not news. These tapes were obscure, but the behavior they depict is not a surprise to my opponent or any other Republican leader. For Jim Sensenbrenner or Paul Ryan to claim that they didn’t know who Trump really was, that is an unbelievable statement. Donald Trump won the Republican Primary by welcoming misogynists and other bigots in to vote for him. They saw, they knew, they could have done something. The only thing they’re just now learning, apparently, is that they should have.”
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