Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wisconsin Spa Shooting Brings Call for New Gun Laws

The Boston Herald reports
Two Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing legislation to tighten the enforcement of gun rules in domestic violence cases, prompted by a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa.

Radcliffe Haughton, 45, bought a handgun just two days after his beleaguered wife obtained a restraining order against him. He used that weapon to kill her and two other women Sunday at the salon where she worked, before fatally shooting himself.

Sen. Lena Taylor said the shooting highlights the need for better enforcement of laws that require restraining order recipients to surrender their weapons.

"Across Wisconsin there are inconsistent standards, or sometimes none at all, for the collection of weapons owned by domestic abusers," the Milwaukee Democrat said Monday as she and Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber pushed for the bill.

Radcliffe Haughton’s wife, Zina, secured the four-year restraining order against him on Thursday, at which point he was ordered to hand over all of his firearms to a county sheriff. It’s unclear whether he turned in any weapons.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday, Radcliffe Haughton opened fire at the Azana Day Spa in Brookfield. He had bought the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun he used in the attack from a private owner on Saturday, according to police in Brown Deer, the Milwaukee suburb where Haughton lived. The seller did nothing illegal; private individuals are not required to conduct background checks or enforce a 48-hour waiting period as licensed gun dealers are under state law.

Taylor’s legislation calls for individuals who are subject to a restraining order to be forced to surrender their firearms within 48 hours or face arrest. The bill failed in 2010 largely due to opposition from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups.
It seems to me they need to do more than enforce the restrictions on domestic abusers. They need to eliminate the private sales of guns without background checks.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Well, lookee there!! He used the non-existant, fake, pretend, gun-show loophole to get the gun that killed his wife. What is needed is laws which would allow us to prosecute the accessory before the fact who sold him the gun. The NRA protects these murderous gun dealers, of course. The NRA has one rule and one rule only - MOVE THE MERCH. Keep the gun sales UP!! GIN UP THE FEAR!!! MOVE THE MERCH!!

  2. wow! nice to see another voice of reason on mikeb posting
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  3. Sure a lot of Nazi fucks on here. If you don't like the 2nd Amendment, move somewhere that doesn't have it. I here Mexico is nice these days.

    1. "I here Mexico is nice these days" Hahahahahahaha

    2. What could be wrong with Mexico, Mikeb? It has strict gun laws. Why, there can't be any violence there, right?

  4. and there's still no word from Mike Bloomberg and MAIG on the CA multiple killing, where the killer complied with all of CA's stringent gun laws.