Duffy, Engebretson debate guns, immigration at Lakeland Union High SchoolSubmitted: 11/01/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride

Duffy, Engebretson debate guns, immigration at Lakeland Union High School
MINOCQUA - Saturday a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. It's just the latest mass shooting in what seems to have become a violent trend. 

"We have a mass shooting epidemic on our hands," said Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative in Wisconsin's 7th District. 

The epidemic has been an important conversation in Congress, with some legislators wanting more gun control and others fighting to protect the second amendment. Incumbent Republican Congressman Sean Duffy is one of the latter.

"You know what, banning firearms, what you'll do is those who follow the second amendment and follow the laws, you'll ban it from them. But if you're willing to pick up a firearm and kill people you don't follow the law," said Duffy. 

Engebretson is no stranger to guns as a former member of the military.

"I think of guns as tools," said Engebretson. 

But unlike Duffy, she wants to see more regulation. 

"We need background checks, we need to limit magazine sizes, we need to ban military style assault weapons," said Engebretson. 

Another important topic people have been discussing across the nation and in the auditorium at LUHS Thursday is immigration. 

"I want to protect constitutional rights for American citizens," said Duffy. 

Right now a caravan of Central Americans is heading to the U.S. border, and President Trump wants to send thousands of troops to defend the border. 

Duffy wants to secure the border, saying that is the best thing to do for those who wish to enter the country. 

"The most compassionate and humane thing you can do is actually secure your border so you don't have people taking this dangerous journey risking their lives," said Duffy. 

Engebretson says she has a unique perspective because she spent time under George W. Bush's administration at the border during her time in the military. 

"I can tell you this. Our border is secure and one of the reasons we were down there is working on making it more secure," said Engebretson. 

Duffy says ultimately, the two parties' goals aren't that different: having law abiding people in the U.S. who respect and follow the rules. 

"Let's get the policy right, I've worked with republicans and Democrats on this and what's surprising is we're not that far apart," said Duffy. 

This was the first and only debate between the two candidates before the election on November sixth. 

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