Last week we spent some time exploring Michigan’s gun laws, and how that impacts the second amendment rights of Michigan’s residents. However, laws change regularly. In the wake of recent school shootings, and several gun-on-campus scares that have taken place in Michigan in the last few weeks, Michigan’s legislators are considering some different approaches to gun safety in the Great Lakes States.
‘Red Flag’ Laws:
For those of you who haven’t encountered the term ‘red flag’ laws as they pertain to guns, it refers to laws that would allow the court to temporarily remove someone’s right to have a gun when there are ‘red flags’ in their behavior or speech. In other words, saying or doing things that lead others to believe that someone is a danger to themselves or to other people.
Michigan’s governor has already spoken out in support of the red flag laws, and he isn’t the only one. President Trump agreed that red flag laws may help save lives. Since his support was made public, several other states have also begun examining their legislation with an idea towards incorporating red flag laws. Obviously not everyone is in favor.
The idea to arm teachers is a somewhat controversial one, and has met with mixed responses from House and Senate members in Michigan. Representative Jim Runestad, chair of Michigan’s House Judiciary Committee, is in favor of the move. As the father of a teen daughter, he says he wants to explore any option that would keep his child safe, should there ever be a shooter situation at her school.
But he also has serious reservations. As he pointed out recently, for this to work, teachers would have to be subjected to lengthy trainings and background checks. Why? Because, as he puts it, “There are many teachers I wouldn’t trust with a butter knife, let alone a pistol.” Representative Brian Elder, the husband of a teacher, says that the notion of most teachers choosing to carry guns in school simply isn’t a realistic one. Instead, he says that universal background checks for people purchasing guns makes much more sense.
What is the right answer for Michigan?
As you can see, that hasn’t been determined yet. Different people are lobbying for what they believe is the best solution to the problem, and we will simply have to wait and see what the final decision is. Many states are in the same position as Michigan, struggling to address this controversial issue in a way that takes into account everyone’s concerns while still working to solve the problem. And as you can see, we have a long road ahead of us.
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