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Tag: Gun Free Zones
A D+ at best on his veto of SB59
Not a fail. The governor acknowledged a concern expressed by some schools:
"Snyder had urged that SB 59 be modified to more significantly restrict pistols in those zones by prohibiting open-carry in such places, in exchange for allowing only concealed pistols to be carried if license holders receive additional training - subject to the right of the property owners to prohibit concealed carrying if they desire. Under the bill as passed, only private venues can opt out, as can college universities with constitutional autonomy.I disagree, we could at least have found out how well it works the first time someone decided to break the law and NOT GET STOPPED by an otherwise law abiding CPL licensee in a posted gun free school. Someone who has already demonstrated a respect for the law cannot carry into a place where the treasures to protect are the greatest?
Nope. Maybe not a failed test, but a weak response, akin to steering into a skid; guaranteeing a wipe out at some point. Instead of giving the school workers options to arm themselves in the event of an invasion, they remain vulnerable to the attacks like those in Aurora and Newtown where a single bullet could have ended the carnage early. Snyder says
"This type of violence often leaves society with more questions than answers. The reasons for such appalling acts usually are numerous and complex. With that in mind, we must consider legislation like SB 59 in a holistic manner. While the bill's goal is to help prevent needless violence, Michigan will be better served if we view it through a variety of lenses. A thoughtful review that examines issues such as school emergency policies, disenfranchised youth and mental health services may lead to more answers and better safeguards."Yeah, because so much of that has worked so well in the past. Because the administration of the Newtown school were more than happy to ask Mr. Lanza if he had mommy issues, and perhaps he would like to talk about it. Perhaps maybe if there could have been safe boxes to hide in?
I would guess that before the lights went out, at least ONE of those in the front office wish they had a way in which to deal with the insanity that was unfolding in front of them. At least one of them armed, would have at least had the potential to change the dynamics in a way to turn the little SOB around, if for no other reason than unexpected resistance. Its understandable why the guv went the way he did, but its getting old, and the disrespect for life being bred into our violently over-gamed, trained killers is getting too dangerous to ignore.
Having the possibility of properly trained defenders is the best way to ensure maximum safety and civil society in our most sensitive areas.
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