Last week, Wisconsin had its share of press. First, the Governorâ€™s budget included a provision that mandated Internet-media vendors to collect taxes for purchases downloaded by the Stateâ€™s residents (you know my position on this). Second, the killer of a federal judgeâ€™s husband and mother killed himselfâ€¦ it turns out that he was a resident of West Allis (a suburb of Milwaukee and one place I worked as an intern). Third, the State is considering allowing farmers to shoot feral cats (house cats that have adapted to live in the wilderness). Itâ€™s been a busy week.
So to add insult to injury, yesterday a 45-year-old man opened fire on churchgoers in Brookfield, Wisconsin (an affluent suburb west of Milwaukee). This tragedy resulted in four innocent bystanders that died on the scene and three that died after arriving at the hospital, four seriously injured people, and the manâ€™s suicide. Investigators are still trying to determine what motive the man had to shoot others. I personally abhor such an act, and hope this does not become some kind of twisted trend.
I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s next, but it looks like March in Wisconsin is off to a very bizarre start.
iPod tax articles:
CNN: Wis. legislators to fight ‘iPod tax’
West Allis suicide/Chicago judge’s family slaying articles:
Hunting feral cats articles:
Brookfield murder/suicide articles: