Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MADISON - Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' office pushed back Friday against last year's GOP nominee for U.S. Senate after she posted a tweet taunting him over seizing guns.
Evers on Thursday championed red-flag legislation and said he would consider requiring people to sell their military-style guns to the government. The ideas drew strong opposition from Republicans.
Leah Vukmir, a former state senator who lost her bid for U.S. Senate last year, tweeted a photo of herself at a shooting range aiming a rifle and wearing a National Rifle Association hat.
"Come and take it, @GovEvers," she tweeted.
The gun she held in the photo was not a military-style weapon and would not be subject to a mandatory buyback under the proposals some Democrats have backed.
Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback on Friday called Vukmir's tweet dangerous.
"Words have meaning, and former politicians should know better than to invoke this kind of dangerous and inflammatory rhetoric," Cudaback said in a statement.
She noted Vukmir tweeted the photo hours after a woman was killed by crossfire in Milwaukee as she was driving to drop off her children at her sister's house.
"This tragedy is yet another example of why the governor is working to pass the common sense gun safety reforms that 80% of Wisconsinites support," Cudaback said in her statement.
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Right, the criminals who commit street shootings are going to turn in their weapons to the government. Right.