As I have for the past several years, I have the honor of acting as the MC for the 8th annual Peace Through Music benefit at Linneman's Riverwest Inn in Milwaukee this Sunday, May 24th. The show, featuring 18 of Milwaukee's finest musicians, begins at 7 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. $10 at the door. There will also be a raffle and auction of Beatles memorabilia and other fine items. All performers will be playing the music of John Lennon and/or the Beatles; a tribute to one of the most famous and tragic victims of senseless hand-gun violence in the United States.
Besides my hosting duties, Mike Plaisted and Band snared a late-night, prime-time slot at 11:25.
The show is a benefit for the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Both groups appear to have their work cut out for them, as the NRA-fearing Democrats now in charge of everything run for the hills on even the simplest and most reasonable forms of firearm regulation, such as a re-institution of the assault weapons ban and the closing of the gun-show loophole for background checks. "An internal detente that has been declared before the pro-gun and pro-gun-control forces within the Democratic caucus" was the way one "advisor" put it to Politico and we are all the worse for it.
In Wisconsin, the loopy-right has been celebrating the non-authoritative political -- oh, sorry -- legal opinion by Republican AG J.B. VanHollen that anyone who wants to get their precious pet gun some fresh air can take it out for a walk without concealing it and without worrying about getting charged with disorderly conduct, no matter how much the action "tends to cause or provoke a disturbance", as the statute reads. Just this past weekend, about 200 of the state's gun clowns got together somewhere, according to chief gun fetishist Owen Robinson, to celebrate Van Hollen's gift, overcompenstating for their, um, inadequacies by packing heat all over what I'm sure is an otherwise peaceful, lovely park.
In any event, the fight continues for reasonable and effective gun control. Join us on Sunday night for a night of music and fun, all for a good cause.