Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is carefully assessing legislation passed late on Thursday that would allow certain gun owners to bring concealed weapons to schools, churches and other areas that are currently gun-free, his office said.
The bill... if you are interested in reading it, is here.
The bill highlights, "The most important legislation for legal gun owners since the Castle Doctrine and shall-issue is currently under consideration by the Michigan Legislature. The bill would eliminate county gun boards and allow all CPL (Concealed Pistol License) holders to be exempt from pistol free zones after additional training." -- MCRGO Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners
“If you have pistol free zones they are actually mass murderer empowerment zones,” said Steve Dulan, attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, who represents sportsman clubs throughout Michigan backing the bill. “If you actually look at the history, even over the past 10 years in the US, you find that maybe all but one mass shooting has occurred in a so-called gun free zone,” he added
"If we could suddenly make all guns disappear, I'd have a different position," he stated. "The simple facts are, guns exist. They are essentially 1800's technology... they're easy to make, they're not going anywhere, they last several human lifetimes with minimal maintenance. So since guns exist, and we know for a fact that the only way to stop an evil person, like the person you were discussing earlier in the show, is to shoot him..." Steve Dulan on Piers Morgan CNN
"Gun control does not work. Gun restrictions only prevent good citizens from having a gun to protect themselves. Bad guys and criminals will still gets guns regardless of gun restrictions. Then when a bad guy gets a gun and wants to kill people, the shooter typically goes to a place where no guns are allowed so that he can shoot dozens of people knowing that no one can stop him from shooting because no one else has a gun." -- David Bellow
We are a 50%/50% country on a variety of issues: Gay Rights, Woman's Rights, Gun Rights... just the tip of the iceberg. But Steve Dulan makes good points GUNS aren't going anywhere! And science has not eliminated the DNA strand that causes mental illness. So those who suffer a mental illness aren't going anywhere either. note: Doesn't take a psychiatrist to tell me someone who marched into a school and shoots a 5-year-old is NOT suffering from some sort of mental illness!
So those who believe the tragedy in Connecticut is going to bring sweeping changes to gun control laws in this country, or change the mind of Michigan Governor Snyder opinion on this new gun legislation are better off believing the Detroit Lions will ever win a Super Bowl. Sorry to be such a realist.
Now that I have eliminated all the wishful thinking from both the ideologies of the left and right, what is the solution to keep the mentally ill from killing our children and educators in school. We could spend billions and design schools to look like Prisons or Fort Knox... I'm sure our children would love to go there every day -- not happening... or we could spend millions and hire armed guards to protect our schools -- where is that budget?... not happening either.
I'm not totally comfortable with this suggestion and I certainly welcome better ideas... But an important outcome of post 911 was we now through proper training to allow pilots to bring guns on planes. "More than one in 10 of the nation's airline pilots are cleared to carry a handgun while flying, and the number will continue to grow, according to a Transportation Security Administration projection." -- Thomas Frank, USA TODAY
So as harsh as this may sound... and like the voluntary federal program we have with our nation's airline pilots, we need to grant our teachers, principals, and other educators in schools the same gun rights and training programs we allow our nation's pilots. And allow those educators with CPL (Concealed Pistol License) to bring their gun to school. note: technology does exist that the gun and the owner of that gun is the only one who can use it; this also would be smart to explore that as an additional requirement.
Rochester Patch, my heart and prayers go out to all those who lives will forever change because of gun violence... It's never to late to have a civil discussion on how to protect our children in school.