Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Michigan wants concealed weapons in schools

The day before a gunman massacred 20 schoolchildren in their classrooms in Connecticut, lawmakers in Michigan passed a bill — over the objections of the state’s school boards — that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in schools, reported the New York Times.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, is weighing whether to sign the bill that would allow teachers or staff to carry concealed weapons.

Don Wotruba, the deputy director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, said the group was calling on the governor to veto the bill. “Putting children in closer proximity with more guns is a risk that shouldn’t be taken,” he told the Times.

A spokeswoman for the governor, Sara Wurfel, said the bill would go through a careful review and analysis. Asked if the school shooting in Connecticut would be a factor, she said in an e-mail to the Times that the governor had said that “these situations always must and should give pause as they’re so tragic, but that we can’t jump to conclusions, either.”

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/us/politics/connecticut-shooting-revives-gun-control-debate.html?_r=1&

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