I can hardly believe I'm going to say this, but the bill making its way through the legislature to allow communities to ban Mixed Martial Arts events is a prime example of a bill that ought to be killed.
This is a case of two legislators, Rep. Pat Strachota and Sen. Glenn Grothmann, sucking up to a constituent by introducing a ridiculous piece of legislation. We ought to make them get into a cage and battle each other as punishment.
I have made it clear, time and again, that I am an opponent of MMA shows. I think they are brutal and pander to the basest instincts in all of us. It's nothing like a sport.
I was a strong opponent when MMA forces lobbied and eventually got passed, a bill to regulate the events in Wisconsin. The regulation bill was a specific endorsement of the legality and appropriateness of MMA fights.
Although I'd love to support a ban on these events, this bill is just like all those crazy recall elections, taking a inappropriate step to thwart the will of the people.
We fought this battle. My side lost. MMA is legal in the whole state of Wisconsin. We lick our wounds and go home. That's the way it is supposed to work.
It's like these stupid recalls we seem to be having. You recall someone for something horrible like taking bribes or fixing contracts. I'm not sure that adultery even rises to the level of a recall. But you shouldn't recall someone just because there is a policy difference.
I disagree mightily with Gov. Scott Walker on almost all of his decisions, but I'm not in favor of recalling him. Instead, I am determined that he be beaten the next election. That's the way democracy is supposed to work.
If we start recalling people because we have policy differences, we'll just have a permanent election season and nobody will be happy with that.
This ill-advised MMA law is exactly the same thing: a policy difference. This battle has been fought. There's a lot of stuff for the legislature to be working on but this issue isn't one of them. Strachota and Grothmann would be well advised to forget about this absurd piece of legislation and get to work solving some of Wisconsin's real problems.
The legislation includes the following definition of Mixed Martial Arts: "MMA fighting is defined ... as something which does not include a martial arts match in which the rules prohibit a contestant from striking an opponent's head with the intent to cause unconsciousness or inflict damage."
It doesn't sound much like sport to me. But, like I said, this is a battle that's over. People who insist on continuing to fight it, or who try to circumvent the state law, need a good slap in the head and go back to work to solve some real problems.
With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.
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