For the Record: Renewed calls for gun control; A sudden gap on the Wisconsin Election Commission

FTR: Renewed calls for gun control after Uvalde massacre

Democratic lawmakers across Wisconsin have called for action on gun reform after 19 students and 2 teachers were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

A small bipartisan group of U.S. senators are meeting to try and find common ground on basic proposals like universal background checks, an issue stalled in the Senate after passing the House of Representatives — and an issue consistently supported by at least 80% of Wisconsinites, according to multiple Marquette Law School polls.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told the New York Times this week he wouldn’t support proposals to limit gun purchases in the wake of the shooting. One of four major Democratic opponents seeking to unseat him this fall, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, joined Naomi Kowles on For the Record this Sunday to lay out his stance on a number of gun-related issues — like assault-style rifle purchases, the 2nd amendment, background checks, and whether he would seek bipartisan compromises on the issue if he were to win a seat in the Senate. (Watch his full interview above).

“Where we are, right now, we have a choice. We can save lives or we can kowtow to the gun lobby,” Barnes said on FTR. “The direction we’ve been going in this country all these years, all this time after Sandy Hook–after Columbine–to find ourselves in the same place where we’re subject to the same tragedies? The same terror? What is the compromise? What is the middle ground here?”

Other major opponents to Sen. Johnson include Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry, state treasurer Sarah Godlewski, and Outagamie County executive Tom Nelson.

Lasry supports universal background checks, waiting periods on firearm purchases, and bans on assault weapons and ghost guns. Godlewski called for “common sense gun safety laws” after the Uvalde shooting and slammed the U.S. Senate for adjourning over Memorial Day Weekend in the wake of the massacre. Nelson also promised to help abolish the filibuster (which stands in the way of any major gun reform legislation in the Senate) and pass “common sense gun legislation.”

FTR: Bob Spindell, State Sen. Kathy Bernier on WEC resignation


Republican WEC commissioner sat down with political reporter Will Kenneally to discuss his efforts to be voted in as chair of the commission. Spindell was one of ten fake electors who signed and submitted false paperwork to Congress, falsely claiming the election for Donald Trump in Wisconsin.

State Sen. Kathy Bernier also joined For the Record after she asked Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to appoint her to the commission to fill the gap left by Dean Knudson’s abrupt resignation this week. On FTR, she said she had reconsidered that request. Watch her full interview here: