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Walker calls for tougher domestic violence laws

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)

UNDATED (WSAU)   Governor Scott Walker said on N-B-C’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that Wisconsin needs to toughen its laws against domestic violence. Walker appeared with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to address the deadly acts of violence in their two states over the last few months.

When asked why there has not been a national debate on guns, Walker said it was domestic violence that caused last weekend’s spa shootings in Brookfield. And the governor said quote, “We didn’t do enough in this state apparently, at least at the local level, to adequately enforce those laws … We need to do more than that – and that’s something that isn’t a partisan issue.”

Radcliffe Haughton shot seven women last Sunday at the Azana Salon-and-Spa in Brookfield, killing his estranged wife and two others before turning the gun on himself. Haughton is from Brown Deer, where police have been under heavy criticism for not arresting him right after a 2011 standoff in which he apparently pointed a gun at his wife. Haughton violated a restraining order when he bought a gun from a private dealer the day before the slayings.

Yesterday Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said a law is needed to prohibit those under restraining orders to buy guns online. State Assembly Republican Robin Vos of Racine County says his colleagues have talked about some ideas for toughening domestic violence laws. But Vos – who’s expected to become the Assembly speaker in January – says he won’t rush to judgment for now.

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