Clearly Gov. Scott Walker is working hard to curry favor with the extremists who comprise the base of the Republican Party.
After signing two bills that loosen Wisconsin’s gun laws, Gov. Scott Walker defended the timing of his public event Wednesday, saying it had been scheduled before nine people were shot and killed last week in a South Carolina church.
With his signature, the all-but-certain Republican presidential candidate eliminated the state’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases and allowed off-duty, retired and out-of-state police officers to carry firearms on school grounds. Both measures passed earlier this month in the GOP-majority Legislature with bipartisan support.
The timing of the bill signing comes amid a renewed debate over gun control and race relations after the fatal shootings at a Charleston, South Carolina, black church on June 17; a white man faces multiple murder charges.