Should the governor have signed the legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches and schools?

(UPDATE: Tuesday 4:36 p.m.) Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed the bill. LANSING (AP) Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday that he's giving close scrutiny to gun legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches and schools. Snyder said his public safety concerns have been heightened and "deserve extra consideration" following a mass shooting that left 26 people — including 20 children — dead at a Connecticut elementary school. The bill sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-controlled Legislature would allow someone who gets extra training to have a concealed weapon in a gun-free zone. It also would put county sheriffs in charge of concealed-weapons applications instead of local boards.

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MR. WILLIAMS

I have always supported extending the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens who have qualified and received their CCW and with further training to be able to legally carry their firearm in and through what is recognized as “gun-free zones.”

One of the many reasons why I think qualified and trained persons who hold CCW permits to legally carry their concealed firearm in gun-free zones is for one’s own personal defensive protection from persons who enter those areas with the intent of fatally harming innocent people. As we have seen through the years most of the “Mass Killings” have taken place on school and college campuses as well as Churches, Synagogues, Temples and other places of worship. Because of law abiding citizens obeying the law and not carrying their firearm while in gun-free zones, it possibly has resulted in many of the mass killings that have already taken place. I personally, am not aware of any unlawful conduct committed by certified CCW permit holders and feel that because of the responsibility that CCW permit holders display, I see no reason to limit the locations where they can legally carry their concealed firearm.

In regard to “not being the right time” because of the recent incident in Newtown, CT, or people are grieving the loss of a loved one, or it’s not Politically Correct, I say to all, “If by allowing trained and certified CCW permit holders to legally carry in gun-free zones in the near future” that prevents or saves one life being taken by a person with a mental disorder or a criminal with the intent to fatally harm innocent people is stopped from doing so, it is well worth passing as soon as possible. There will always be excuses of why it’s not the right time to do something. I submit, that the right time is now and don’t wait for another killing spree to take place.

 

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