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Snyder Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Guns in Trenton, Grosse Ile 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.

In 2008, Trenton Public Schools used bond money to update security at district buildings including adding video survailance and one primery point of entery in and out of all buildings.

"It would have been a difficult thing for schools to deal with had the law gone into effect," Trenton Superintendent Rod Wakeham said.

Mark Hoffman, president of the Trenton Education Association, said concealed weapons in the classroom would have affected the overall learning environment at Trenton Public Schools.

Hoffman is a political science teacher at Trenton High School. He has been discussing the issue with his class since Monday.

"My own students would be deathly afraid of any staff member ... I can't think of anything worse, in terms of a learning environment, than the threat of those guns going off."

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c-ya@theballgame December 20, 2012 at 05:01 AM
What happened to Dean M's blog, giving up your guns? It says it is unavailable now? I agree with you Michelle, we all want to the same thing. To feel safe. The only way it may have changed this dreadful circumstance is if the teacher had a ccw and was not in a private meeting, having forsight into a deadly intrusion.
c-ya@theballgame December 20, 2012 at 05:09 AM
continued: AND was ready to kill or be killed. I don’t know what went through her mind, but I don’t think she anticipated what happened. What if a parent that has legal clearance enters the school and SNAPS? What if a child is hugging on the principal that carries a ccw? When my child’s principal announced his leaving after 25+ years the kids were clinging to his legs and crying….begging him not to leave (Mr. G.) There is just no fool proof way to get around it.. There is a movie titled Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas. If you ever have a chance to watch it…. do so, it is an older movie. He starts to snap but he might have been okay as he is still thinking rationally, yet every where he turns makes it harder to get to back. It really makes you think, this guy is trying but society won’t let him. I don’t know what happened to Adam, but I do know something made him snap and I do believe it would have been very hard to stop him. So senseless, and so very, very sad.
c-ya@theballgame December 20, 2012 at 05:11 AM
My dad and I had been shopping that day and not aware of what was going on, 5 minutes later after we got home, he called me crying asking if I had the tv on….then he said some sick Mfer killed 20 or more kids at a school. My heart dropped so fast I felt sick and I finally got it out and asked if it was (my daughter’s school) and he told me no it was in Connecticut. For that brief few seconds, I felt unimaginable fear, so much that I couldn‘t even find my voice….my dad rarely cries….my dad it crying….it‘s my kid….my kid‘s school or else he wouldn‘t be crying….It wasn‘t my kid‘s school but I still wept, we cried, and I wept today watching the Today show and seeing their sweet faces. Our society it so complicated and screwed I see both sides of gun ownership. Assault weapons are different, they should be banned, but doesn’t every gun have the ability to assault? It’s so screwed. We want to be safe…to fight back…but would we and could we, have time to, if we are responsible and have our guns locked up? It’s just so screwed.
c-ya@theballgame December 20, 2012 at 05:14 AM
okay, I talk to much, my whole response is broken up....starting with the first response which is 3 blelow here....... I am a tolksy.......whatever that means.
Ron December 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I was so glad to see that the governor used some common sense here and also took into account public opinion to veto this bill. Something Snyder totally refused to do with regard to vengeful right to work legislation.

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