In light of the recent mass shooting at a church in San Antonio, Texas, the gun debate is raging once again.
As if there’s a time when it isn’t.
While many people on the left continue to spew forth their irrational fear and hatred of all things firearm related, demanding guns be tossed off the face of the earth, the Michigan Senate is taking a wildly different approach.
They just passed a measure to allow concealed carry inside schools, stadiums, and bars.
If you listen closely you can hear liberals across the country throwin themselves on the floor and thrashing wildly about in the world’s largest temper tantrum.
Via Chicago Tribune:
Licensed gun owners with extra training could legally carry inside schools, churches, bars and other pistol-free zones under hotly contested legislation that was approved Wednesday by the Republican-led Michigan Senate, days after the Texas church massacre.
The bills were sent to the GOP-led House for consideration next. They face an uncertain future because Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, vetoed a similar plan in 2012 following the mass shooting of elementary schoolchildren in Connecticut.
Snyder is not commenting on the new legislation until or if it wins final legislative passage.
In Michigan, it is illegal for the nearly 618,000 people with concealed weapons permits to carry in designated gun-free zones: schools, day cares, stadiums, large concert halls, taverns, places of worship, hospitals, many college dorms or classrooms, and casinos.
The legislation would legalize the right to carry in those places if a license holder gets eight more hours of training, though privately owned businesses such as bars could stay pistol-free. People licensed to carry would be banned from openly carrying or intentionally displaying a pistol — a provision that addresses a “loophole” that has allowed armed open-carry activists to enter the gun-free zones and has sparked lawsuits.
The sponsor, GOP Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof of West Olive, said the recent mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas highlight the need to act.
“I believe citizens have the right to be free and safe and secure and to defend themselves and their loved ones,” he said. “Responsible, well-trained, licensed gun owners may be one of those deterrents to those individuals who seek out gun-free zones as opportunities to commit heinous crimes.”
Finally! People with brains who actually understand that the best deturrent for violent crime is a populace that has the liberty to arm themselves.
Bad guys are less likely to take action when they know there’s a good chance the person they chose to be a victim might have the means to make them spit gum through their foreheads.
The Second Amendment exists so we can defend ourselves from tyranny of all kinds, crime included. Legislation like this brings things more in line with the original intent of the Founders, and that’s always a good thing.