WAUSAU - The NRA announced its backing Republican Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate.
“Sportsmen for Thompson” was the message tonight as the president of the NRA rallied support for the Former Governor.
As a an avid outdoorsmen, Thompson says defending the right to bear arms is something he is passionate about.
"We’re a state that really has wonderful hunting and fishing. I’ve always been an individual who loves to hunt and fish, said Thompson.
Thompson spoke to gun advocates at the Central Wisconsin Firearms building in Wausau.
This endorsement comes as the Youth Hunt kicks off this weekend across the state.
Thompson said, "It’s very apropos that the NRA, which is really the spokesperson for the people who own weapons and guns, to be able to announce this endorsement on the day that young people are learning how to hunt."
The NRA claimed Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin does not support second amendment rights.
A spokesperson for her campaign said, "Tammy is a gun owner herself, supports the 2nd amendment and is proud to have strong support from Wisconsin sportsmen across the state."
Gun control is an issue that's constantly debated.
Newswatch 12 asked the NRA President tonight what his response would be to victims affected in the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting that left six people dead and injured a police officer.
NRA President David Keene, said "If somebody got arrested for drunk driving you would take his car and crush it. But you wouldn’t blame him you’d blame the car. We always thought the problem is not the gun which is after all a tool. It’s the person who misused the tool and he or she should be punished."
Recent polls show Tammy Baldwin with a slight lead over Thompson but he says he's confident he will rally support as we get closer to the November 6th elections.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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