Tuesday, August 3, 2021


Public health experts are concerned many kids have missed important checkups and vaccinations, and a third DC Police officer who responded to the January 6 insurrection takes his own life.


The White House calls for states to rescue renters, Senators dissect a massive infrastructure plan, and both the White House and Congress are losing approval in the eyes of voters.

Guns at Camp Randall Stadium, in Classrooms?


Monday, October 19, 2015   

MADISON, Wis. – A bill to allow students to carry firearms at Wisconsin's technical colleges and University of Wisconsin System schools is being circulated at the capitol.

Right now, those institutions are allowed to ban weapons inside campus buildings.

The Republican sponsors of the bill say allowing students to carry guns would be a deterrent to crime.

The UW-Madison Police Department disagrees.

Spokesman Marc Lovicott says allowing firearms at the Kohl Center or Camp Randall Stadium would be a security nightmare.

"We have an obligation every football Saturday to protect 80,000 people who pack Camp Randall Stadium,” he points out. “We take that responsibility very seriously and now we're talking about the possibility of individuals being allowed to bring weapons into a facility like that."

Lovicott emphasizes that according to FBI statistics, you are less likely to become a victim of a violent crime at UW-Madison than you are in the state of Wisconsin as a whole.

And he says allowing students to carry firearms would put the safety of other students, faculty, staff and guests at risk.

Lovicott says the existing state law appropriately balances individual rights with community safety. Plus, he says, the typical student is still very much in a developmental stage.

"Our students sometimes make poor decisions,” he states. “We deal with that when we're talking about issues like underage drinking and students who drink themselves unconscious. And now the idea of wanting to put guns in their hands just doesn't make sense to us."

According to Lovicott, the idea of allowing weapons in a stadium or a classroom creates a major security issue.

He says the training required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Wisconsin is minimal, and stresses that sworn police officers go through constant training for firearms safety.

"Hours and hours and hours and hours of training to protect our campus,” he stresses. “And those are the protectors. We just don't feel there's evidence out there to support the idea that putting guns in the hands of our students – we don't think that's a good idea."

get more stories like this via email

The commission charged with drawing Ohio's 99 House and 33 Senate districts meets this week. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- New congressional and legislative maps will soon start to take shape in Ohio. The Ohio Redistricting Commission convenes for the …

Social Issues

DENVER -- Today marks the day Black women in the U.S. will finally earn as much as a white, non-Hispanic man was paid in 2020. Ashley Panelli…


CHICAGO -- As Illinois residents get ready for more high temperatures this August, utility watchdogs are urging people to practice energy efficiency …

Chronic wasting disease can be transmitted between deer, along with food and soil contaminated by bodily fluids. (Adobe Stock)


WARREN, Pa. -- A temporary animal-feeding ban is being proposed for the Allegheny National Forest after a captive deer tested positive for chronic …

Social Issues

LOS ANGELES -- Hunger-fighting advocacy groups are speaking out in California, drawing attention to the continuing problem of food insecurity…

A new report from Georgetown University and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a coordinated and far-reaching public health campaign about childhood vaccinations. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Parents are gearing up for their children to return to the classroom for the first time in over a year, and public health …


LITCHFIELD, N.H. -- A 63-acre parcel of land along the Merrimack River is becoming part of the New Hampshire Agrarian Commons. The property, known as …

Social Issues

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's General Assembly Special Session begins today to budget more than $4 billion in federal COVID relief funds, and advocates …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021