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Rule of Law

Too many innocent Wisconsin resident are victims of crime. I support our police and believe they need the resources necessary to keep our residents safe. In response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Senator Alberta Darling and I introduced legislation to allow Marquette University to create a campus police department. This enabling legislation gave Marquette University the authority to establish a police department and employ university police officers. These police officers have the same powers as Milwaukee police – they work to maintain order, detect and prevent crime, enforce laws and ordinances, and make arrests for violations of laws and ordinances.

In the context of time and place, our judicial system is administering justice but there is room for improvement. We need to enact laws that are tougher on drunk drivers and insist that our existing laws relating to illegal gun ownership, assaults and other crimes be prosecuted.

However, I am also a strong advocate for changing the law related to individuals that have been wrongfully convicted. Wisconsin’s current laws dealing with the wrongfully convicted is an injustice. As a state and society, we need to do a better job of assisting these individuals with getting their lives back on track

As a state representative, I have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. As a solider, I have fought to defend it. I believe in your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and I defend law abiding citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Our state has a long and wonderful heritage of hunting and preserving that right for law abiding citizens is important. However, I believe the judicial system needs to enforce existing gun laws – felons in possession of firearms and individuals participating in straw purchases must be held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law.