Gov. Scott Walker reflects on exceptional year in politics

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker is reflecting on an exceptional year in Wisconsin politics — and in his own career. He survived a recall election and garnered a lot of attention from Republicans during the presidential race.

Gov. Walker sat down with FOX6′s Myra Sanchick. He spoke out on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He says he’s open to any gun legislation that may come across his desk. However, he wants to make sure any legislation regulating guns would be workable. For now, the governor says he wants to focus on mental health issues.

“Why didn’t our mental health system, why didn’t the system we have in place, identify this person as a risk to himself and to others long before it got to that point,” said Gov. Walker. “And so, one of the things that we’re looking to do is, after the holidays, is to bring mental health professionals in from hospitals and clinics and organizations and have a discussion statewide about, how do we identify people like this, what is missing, what more could be done.

The governor says people should not rush to pass legislation unless it’s proven.

“You almost universally agree that anyone who has got a mental health deficiency or major problem shouldn’t be possessing a firearm,” said Gov. Walker.

The governor has had experience with two mass shootings during his time in office. He’s also had a tumultuous year politically.

In terms of his goal to create jobs in Wisconsin, Gov. Walker says he is still focusing on that. However, the recall election and national politics may be slowing that down a bit.

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