Celebrate this sudden victory for gun control
The Kansas City Star
It’s a small but sudden and maybe eventually important victory for gun control: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday afternoon vetoed a bill that would have let gun owners carry concealed weapons in public schools.
It was the proper decision, especially coming just four days after 20 children were gunned down in a Newtown, Conn., school.
From the Detroit Free Press:
“In his veto letter sent to the legislature shortly before 4 p.m EST, Snyder said the bill had a fatal loophole that didn’t allow for those institutions to opt out of the new legislation and prohibit weapons from their buildings.
“I believe that it is important that these public institutions have clear legal authority to ban weapons from their premises,” he said in his letter. “Each is entrusted with the care of a vulnerable population and should have the authority to determine whether its mission would be enhanced by the addition of concealed weapons.”
Last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has appropriately sparked a call for more reasonable gun control laws in this nation.
Finally, it appears President Barack Obama and some members of Congress may be working up the courage to talk about banning assault weapons and drastically reducing the amount of ammunition that can be sold in this country.
They are needed first steps toward even more restrictive gun laws - like much of the rest of the civilized world has. Congress should not stop until it has approved such laws in the next few months - as difficult as that will be to do.
However, last Friday’s shootings also have prompted some gun nuts to call for arming principals in schools - or to allow more people to carry guns in schools, as the Michigan bill would have done.
The veto by a Republican governor - who just last week celebrated signing a bill making Michigan a right-to-work state in defiance of its many union members - should be at least a sign that not all GOP members will blindly follow the NRA talking points on guns.
This is encouraging - even though it’s just one bill in one state and for a reason that might have little to do with the Newtown shootings.