Wisconsin Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard showed up to a meeting with high school students who are concerned about gun violence armed and displaying a handgun.
Here was the scene:
This is how WI State Senator @Vanwanggaard greeted a high school student yesterday who wanted to talk to him about gun violence & guns in schools. Notice that he is armed. #ThrowThemOut #NeverAgain https://t.co/rEfWuEsUHY pic.twitter.com/5AOUA3jwI5
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) February 28, 2018
Republicans don’t get it. They aren’t going to be able to flash their weapons of mass overcompensation and get students, parents, and the rest of the country to back down on the issue of gun violence. I am sure that the picture played well with the NRA crowd, but for the 90% or more of the country that isn’t in the NRA, it was a stupid and ignorant gesture of contempt.
People want real solutions to gun violence and any version of hey, let’s give everyone more guns is not a valid answer. Republicans have a simple choice. They can either grow up and step up to what they were elected to do, or they can “stand their ground” with the NRA and be voted out of office.