Some argue that schools should become gun-full zones, instead of gun-free zones, to make students safer.
Just a day before the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting, lawmakers in Michigan Thursday passed a bill allowing gun owners who get extra training to carry their weapons in schools and other formerly gun-free areas. If the bill is signed into law, some say it could help people respond to or stop a school shooting, the Detroit Free Press reports.
"This kind of tragedy is hard to process, but if one person - a faculty member or a parent - " could legally carry, at least it could have limited some of the mayhem," said Rob Harris, media director for Michigan Open Carry Inc., in the article. "This legislation has to be passed to at least have a fighting chance against the evil in this world."
But many question the safety implications of the legislation that would let gun owners with eight additional hours of training bring their weapons to places like day care centers, schools, hospitals, churches and stadiums and bars, the article said.
"Those who think that students and teachers will be safer with more guns in our schools are just plain wrong," said Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook said in a written statement. "Thinking that teachers should carry weapons and fire on threats is a recipe for even more death - not safety."
Via the Detroit Free Press
Posted 11:10am PST.