HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“It was an act of pure evil.
“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
“Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”
President Trump on the Las Vegas mass shootings
“My gut fell out from underneath me. I mean, it was the worst thing I could ever imagine. He was a normal, average ‘Joe Blow’ kind of guy. There was nothing special that happened. He came in a couple of different times, we dealt with him as a normal customer.”
Gun shop owner Chris Michel, who owns Dixie GunWorx, said he recognized Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, immediately, recalling how he’d sold the man a shotgun earlier this year
“Five people got shot in Lawrence, Kansas last night, three of them died, it didn’t even make a blip because this is just a regular part of our lives now. And you know what will happen? We’ll pray for Las Vegas, some of us will get motivated, some of us won’t get motivated. Bills will be written, they’ll be watered down, they’ll fail, the NRA will smother it all with money and over time we will get distracted and move on to the next thing. And then it will happen again. And again.”
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
“It’s very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember, the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to failed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after she blamed the National Rifle Associate for the shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people
“I am sick and tired of a few moments of silence on the House floor.”
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
“For this to happen just shows the issues this country has. To say that guns ought to be more regulated is just the wrong way. Now, what ought to be the topic of discussion is the tragedy that took place and how we can help to get God back into the mainstream of public life and it was absent in the killer and anyone that tries to make political hay, again, by talking about gun control, is backward in my opinion.”
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)
“You just gotta to take it to God at that point and, you know, hope that you can make it and hope that you’re safe. And I know I can’t speak for everyone but for me, I’m just, you know, I was agnostic going into that concert and I’m a firm believer in God now because there’s no way that, you know, all that happened and that I made it and I was blessed enough to still be here alive talking to you today.”
21-year-old Taylor Benge who attended the Las Vegas country music concert
“Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time. Apparently, this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic. So clearly that’s something we need to look into.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, opening the door for legislation to ban “bump stocks,” which allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at rates comparable to fully automatic ones. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said he has “no problem” in banning bump stocks, and the National Rifle Association said the federal government should review whether the devices are legal.
“Let’s be honest, the whole taking a knee fiasco during the national anthem has nothing to do with free speech or racism. If it were, crybaby millionaire NFL players would find another venue or some other moment outside of football to protest. If I owned a team, I would tell my players it is their right to protest, but it’s my right to send them packing if they did it while in uniform. This is really about butt-hurt leftists using the NFL as stooges to express their anger over Donald Trump’s presidency and Hillary Clinton’s loss.”
Syndicated columnist Susan Stamper Brown
“I am thrilled and so very proud that an international company of Foxconn’s magnitude has chosen to invest in Racine County.”
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave after Foxconn announced it would build its manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. Racine County and Mount Pleasant plan to contribute $764 million toward the project, on top of the $3 billion in state subsidies for the company.
“I hate it. I don’t even want to think about it. I have my forever home that I have been living in for 40 years, and this is where my wife and I planned on spending the rest of our lives. Now we are just absolutely sick about the whole damn thing.”
Retiree Rudy Baker, whose home is on the northern border of the Foxconn site
“Exploration, deliberation, and debate may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even most members of the university community (or those outside the community) to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”
From a policy University of Wisconsin Board of Regent voted on Friday and approved that will punish students who interfere with campus speeches and presentations. Under the policy, students twice accused of engaging in violent or other disorderly conduct that disrupts others’ free speech will be subject to a disciplinary hearing. If found responsible, he or she will be suspended for up to a semester. A student found responsible of disrupting others’ free expression for a third time will be expelled.
“Throughout the state, there have been countless instances where property owners and developers have had their plans stopped or drastically delayed due to our state’s current regulations and permitting of wetlands.”
Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton; Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna; and Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond; in their co-sponsorship memo for legislation that would roll back state oversight of wetlands. The bill would exempt developers from having to get a permit from the DNR to build on state wetlands, although it would still require that 1.2 acres of wetlands are created for every acre filled. It would also exclude artificial wetlands from state wetland permitting requirements.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.”
Carolina Panther QB Cam Newton answering Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue after she asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton got enjoyment out of that. Newton apologized later after criticisms of being sexist.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Las Vegas mass shootings. Also…
“Democrats have rushed to politicize this tragedy in an absolutely despicable display. Some of these victims are still in the hospital clinging to life. We still don’t have all the facts. Bodies weren’t even in the morgue yet. Parents were at hospitals with their kids hanging on to life. None of this mattered to the left in this country.
“Their impulse to politicize this tragedy as they do other tragedies is beyond the pale they’re using this tragedy. Why? To score cheap political points and push a gun control agenda.
“(Hillary) Clinton weighed in less than nine hours after the shooting and went deep into the gutter of politics she says she doesn’t wanna play. Here’s my question, do they have any decency? Any thoughts about the families? We don’t know the details yet but this is their initial impulse.
“I don’t see it. Imagine if the president today brought up the second amendment. How would the news media in this country have reacted.”
Sean Hannity of FOX
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Gun control. Gotta have it.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK