Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Under the Gun: The State of Gun Violence in Wis.Submitted: 02/13/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


MILWAUKEE - Owning a gun is a right in America in a way that doesn't exist in any other part of the world.

It's also at the heart of a vibrant sporting culture we're very familiar with here in the Northwoods.

But other parts of the state have a more contentious relationship with guns.

Newswatch 12's Lyndsey Stemm was allowed to ride along with Milwaukee police officers. She sat down with the Chief of Police and the County Sheriff.

Up here in the North gun violence is statistically rare, but in some parts of Milwaukee, there's a battle going on between police and criminals.

"My God, there's 300 million weapons out there already," says Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn.

Flynn's officers seize 2,000 of them every year from criminals.

Though Milwaukee can be portrayed as a hotbed of crime, in reality only eight percent of city territory accounts for 90 percent of its violent crime.

"There are different kinds of gun violence. And I think the tragedy in Newtown has certainly focused the attention of our citizens on one type of gun violence. And that is the low probability, high hazard event of a mass murder," says Flynn.

Milwaukee police have had to deal with two in just a few short months.

"Both Azana Spa and Sikh temple shooting put our bomb techs right on the front line," says Captain Jason Smith, Milwaukee Police Intelligence Commander.

"The other type of violence is hand gun-related, and central city-related. And it's very much the phenomenon of people who are engaged in criminal enterprises murdering each other," says Flynn.

"A lot of guns are taken in burglaries," says Timothy Keller, an officer with the Milwaukee Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit.

It does happen. But only eight to ten percent of guns used in crimes are stolen. There are other methods criminals are using to get their hands on guns.

"If they're not stolen you can get the straw purchases. We'll see cases like that here in local gun stores," says Keller.

"What we found was a large number of women that were purchasing the guns and then they ended up in a felon's hands," says Dr. Mallory O'Brien, from the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission.

That leaves law enforcement with the problem of how to keep criminals from getting guns, and finding the line between appropriate gun control and infringing on second amendment rights.

"The percentage of people who use firearms to commit violence, versus the overall population of gun owners... it's very small," says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.

"I think what you have to recognize, is where you stand on this issue often directly relates to where you live and your experience with firearms," says Flynn.

But people on the front lines dealing with gun violence agree it's not just a big city problem.

"Well it's not my problem. Well I guess it's not my problem if the right of an American to safety depends on their zip code, I guess It's not your problem," says Flynn.

Tomorrow we'll see how Chief Flynn and Sheriff Clarke think we should go about finding that balance between gun control and second amendment rights.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Fishermen in Rhinelander took advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday.

The Rhinelander Lions Club held their 40th fisheree on Boom Lake.

Lions Club Vice President Dan Hoppe loves seeing everyone that comes out, especially the kids.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - Valentine's Day falls on a weekend for the second year in a row.

That's good news for local restaurants, which can expect more people to come in, but the weekend holiday isn't great for some other businesses, especially floral shops.

+ Read More

WESTON - A man led police on a high-speed chase across two counties before finally being stopped early this morning.

+ Read More

MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid an investigation into allegations of abuse at the state's youth prison.

+ Read More

Play Video

- Community service comes in many forms and does not need to be limited to where you live on a map.

Students at Northwood's Community Elementary School recently learned that giving can take place across many miles.

The school hosted a Community Service Day where students learned about and raised money to purchase animals for those in need across the globe.

+ Read More

Play Video

ST. GERMAIN - Driving a sled 140 miles per hour across a frozen lake may not be everyone's idea of fun.

But for those that do enjoy it, the St. Germain Radar Run kicked off Friday.

"It's an adrenaline rush like you wouldn't believe," said Joey Strub of Stillwater, Minnesota.

+ Read More

Play Video

NORTHWOODS - Habitat for Humanity Northwoods Wisconsin helps provide housing to those in need. Now, they're starting a new program to help people with minor home improvement projects.

"A Brush with Kindness" is a program for economically disadvantaged families.Habitat for Humanity Northwoods Wisconsin is now looking for families in need.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here