An anti gun violence group says it's just too easy for bad guys to buy guns legally. 

Governor Jim Doyle's so-called 'Growing Milwaukee for Wisconsin 's Future ' (PDF) plan includes, among other things, the reduction of violent crimes. The governor has an ally in that effort, in the new guy at Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE). "The majority of people who are injured and killed by firearms are 17, 18, 19-year-olds."

Racine Alderman Pete Karas is the new President of the Board of Directors at WAVE. He says both in Racine and statewide, we lose too many of our young people to a senseless death or life-long disability due to firearms. In his new role, Karas will work to raise awareness about the problems associated with gun violence in our state , and his group will work to limit access to fire arms. "If there aren't guns there and bad guys cannot get guns, obviously less people will be harmed by firearm violence."

Karas says there "definitely can be" a balance between keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals while still allowing law-abiding citizens to have access to firearms. He says it's just too easy for people to buy guns legally. Karas wants to close some of the loopholes that make the availability of guns so easy for the bad guys to snag.

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