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The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.

There are a lot more politics in the response to Wisconsin's second officer-involved school shooting. 

Leaders and lawmakers on Monday were mostly reserved in their responses to the news that a school resource officer shot and wounded a student at Waukesha South High School. 

But their tone was much different after Tuesday's shooting at Oshkosh West High School. 

"I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again today – no kid should be afraid to go to school or be in the classroom, and no parent should be afraid to send their kid to school, either," Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. "The last two days tells us that we can’t keep pretending that this only happens in other communities or in other states – it’s happening here, too. We can’t just accept that violence in our schools is a foregone conclusion, and we have to get to work to do everything we can to keep our kids and our communities safe.”

Oshkosh Police say a 16-year-old student attacked the school resource officer at West High School with a knife. They are not saying why. 

Two of Evers' children graduated from West High School. He said he still feels a part of that community. 

Oshkosh's Democratic State Rep. Gordon Hintz echoed the governor's sentiment that something should be done about the "health crisis" of violence at school.

"I reject the premise that students today must simply learn to live with the constant prospect of terror and violence when they attend school, or go about their lives in any other public space," Hintz said in a statement. "In Wisconsin and across the country, we are deserving of leaders who are willing to step up and address this growing public health crisis.”

Rep. Robyn Vining, D- Wauwatosa, also called the shootings at the two schools part of the public health crisis of violence in the state. She suggested that lawmakers make it tougher for children in the state to get guns.

“People are scared. People are angry. And people have every right to feel scared and angry," Vining said in a statement. "Our children are looking to their elected officials to do something. Their parents are looking to our elected officials to do something. And where are we? Where is the leadership the people seek?"

Evers and other Democratic lawmakers pushed for red flag laws and expanded background checks during the fall legislative session. But neither of those ideas would have stopped the officer-involved shootings in Waukesha or Oshkosh. The student in Oshkosh was armed with a knife, while the student in Waukesha had two pellet guns. 

That's a point that Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson made in his statement Tuesday. 

“The incidents at Waukesha South and Oshkosh West remind us that we do not possess the capability to completely prevent someone from bringing a weapon to school," Johnson said. "We should all be thankful, however, that larger tragedies may well have been averted due to training, and the swift and courageous action of students, teachers, school administrators, and armed school resource officers."

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.