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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.

David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 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.

dan rice December 21, 2012 at 05:44 AM
No, the problems are with: 1- the special interest group who plows hundreds of millions of $ into Washington to buy their votes against any kind of common-sense oversight of gun sales and 2-the cowboys who think the solution is to place loaded guns and extra clips into kindergarten classes. Here's some other stats for you: -40% of gun sales are done at shows without background checks -Annual Gun deaths peaked in 1993, then steadily declined by 2000 by 25% (assault weapon ban) -since then annual gun deaths have steadily increased, currently by 10%, projected to be a 16% increase by '15 -85 Americans are fatally shot each day -1 of those daily 85 are under 14 years of age But hey, there's no problem whatsovever with unfettered access to assault weapons; we just need our Art and History teachers to start packing and everything will be ok. Btw, i own a handgun and believe in the 2nd Amendment, just not without rational, commonsense legislation in the face of this epidemic. And i have no desire or see a need to bring my gun into my church.
Sean Campbell December 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
JustACitizenaffraidtousehisrealname, It's kind of hard to attack someone for cherry-picking statistics when you compare the United States (GDP over $14.5 trillion) to Angola (GDP $99 billion, only 10 years out of a 30+ year civil war and with 40% of its population in poverty), but ignore all of developed, democratic countries that have 50-80% lower homicide rates than the US. Here's an interesting statistic from the same website you used: the countries with the lowest homicide rates are also countries with Republican governments with the smallest income disparities. <a href="http://chartsbin.com/view/559">http://chartsbin.com/view/559</a> Perhaps gun ownership, or income disparity, is one metric that contributes to lots of other factors. Statistics can be great for showing trends or indicating cause and effect, but they can also be great for misleading people and mischaracterizing issues.
Provoking Thoughts and Numbers December 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
What are your thoughts on all the Pit Bull Attacks? http://royaloak.patch.com/blog_posts/too-many-dead-pets-enough-pit-bull-attacks
Haulin T Male December 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Typical Blog: Defensive, name calling, "one time" means always, getting personal , why? I don't own a gun, prob. never will, but certainly see the logic of some one wearing guns so others can see. right away, the non gun people go into the worse case scenario's, the gun will drop out, (strapped in) stray bullets ( most if not all duck out of sight & don't shoot in a knee jerk reaction) people who own and want to carry a gun, have a major investment, in product , time, practice, and training. Fire it in public once, (at an invader, attacker) you surrender your gun, and go under scrutiny, basically house arrest, till fact finding is done. Guns make those who have not been trained squirmis. why? fear cause of lack of training. I watched just about all of the Newtown stuff, one lady said if the principal had a gun "locked up" what good would that of been? Obvious that lady is one of these posters. I say she would be wearing it, yes she would be in a bazer, to cover from kids eyes........ in stead this Principal dove trying to stop a bullet, if yall can just do theory's then I say, that principal had a good chance to take out the bad guy, and save 20 kids.. Collateral damage? why do you lock your house? all the damage is done getting in, just leave it unlock, it's cheaper.
eddy February 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM
We need very strong legislation against selling guns at the gun shows! All the people that sell only care about the money.

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