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Snyder Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Guns in Schools

The bill would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools and sports arenas.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons into public schools and sports arena, according to a report on Michigan Public Radio.

The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 59 late last week that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones, but in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, many had called for Snyder to veto the legislation.

Both Dearborn legislators—Sen. Morris Hood and Rep. George Darany—voted against the legislation.

David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers, said in a Friday statement, "We’re aghast that this lame duck legislature thinks it’s a good idea to put MORE guns in our schools, let alone places of worship or sports arenas...The House passed SB 59 on Thursday. How dare these lame duck legislators put the safety of students, educators and communities at risk. As our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of today’s tragedy in Connecticut, we call on Governor Snyder to veto this ill-considered bill."

On Monday, Snyder said he would re-evaluate the bill, and on Tuesday, he vetoed it.

Lee Jacobsen December 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Vincent, the gun owner whose gun the 3 yr old shot himself with did not have the gun registered, never took a class, and was clueless, and got arrested. Your comment has no relevance.
vincent January 01, 2013 at 12:45 AM
This is to LJ, These are some additional non relevant words from Vincent Saunders to you LJ . I have no idea who the three year old child is u are talking about. I had not heard about this incident at all. I am referring to law biding citizens that are trained, certified and with a cleared back ground check, who supposedly support the second amendment, train their children to shoot guns and then give them the keys to gun cabinets then say to their kid, I trust you. Here's food for thought Lee, If a law enforcement Officer has to wear a gun in to a school to make his presence known, control the children in the school and protect them from killers LJ, haven't we already failed them. School a not suppose to be our last line of defense against lawful or unlawful guns use.
Lee Jacobsen January 01, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Vincent, I thought you were referring to the 3 yr old Detroit kid who shot himself, thinking the gun lying around was a game controller. . My mistake. However, if you do go to the trouble of taking a class, getting a CPL (concealed pistol license) then the training teaches you to avoid the very acts you are talking about. Does it make any sense to leave a gun 'just lying around' loaded? No! You mention that certified gun owners teach their kids how to shoot guns. What's wrong with that? Teaching includes safety in handling firearms, common sense, range rules and courtesy, and did I mention common sense at least twice? You know your kid. They all mature at different levels, and some never mature. Those immature kids should not have access to guns. When you have unregistered, uncertified guns in the hands of crazy parents, you are asking for trouble. Crazies don't follow the law, don't have common sense, and they are the ones that folks with common sense need to watch out for, and have guns to defend themselves , and the kids , if needed. A police officer is there to protect the kids, on that we agree. Control the kids? That is the parents and teacher's job. Presence? An officer in uniform, wearing a gun, is instant authority, and deserves the repect of everyone. The officer is willing to put his life on the line, and that takes a special person, not all of us have what it takes. Better a last line of defense than none at all Happy New Year for 2013!.
Tom B January 01, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I was a teacher for 33 years and have a CPL. Those states that pass legislation to allow school personnel to conceal will eventually have a problem. Accidental fireings, students being shot by an upset teacher. Who knows what may happen. Then the newspeople will have a real fisco. The only qualified person to carry in our school was a liason officer (policeman). We all knew who he was and why he was there. The gun was usually carried open, not concealed (optional). Most staff felt comfortable with this, not all. If people are armed in schools, everyone will know who they are. It will be no secret to the staff OR the kids. There WILL be problems. No volunteers, principals, teachers, custodians other than a POLICEMAN should be able to carry a weapon in school. NO ONE. Now retired.
Lee Jacobsen January 01, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Tom B, your idea of a recognizable armed person that everyone knows in the school is a good one. Crazies would know they would not have open season on our students. They would have to hit the churches, malls, and theaters instead. What about the idea of also using police professionals who are retired, willing to volunteer at the elementary schools, which usually don't have liason officers.? http://www.thestate.com/2012/12/26/2565179/wednesday-retired-police-can-protect.html#.UONO6RxDG68

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