Michigan Republicans Passed Bill Allowing Guns In Classrooms, Day Before Connecticut School Shooting

| by Michael Allen

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature passed Senate Bill 59 that would rewrite Michigan’s concealed weapon law and allow concealed handguns in schools, college dorms, classrooms, and sports stadiums.

Today, Michigan House Republicans called for Governor Rick Snyder (R) to sign the bill, just hours before Adam Lanza, who was armed with a 223-caliber assault rifle and two pistols, entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 28 people, including 20 children.

Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger's press secretary Ari B. Adler posted this statement (below) on Facebook, which has since been removed, reports ThinkProgress.org:

What happened in Connecticut, however, is not because of nor related in any way to actions taken by the Michigan House yesterday in approving Senate Bill 59. …

It is the belief of many representatives in our caucus that it is criminals who have no intention of following any law that are the perpetrators of such heinous crimes as school shootings. Strict gun-control laws do not stop criminals from committing evil acts, they merely infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens who might be able to take action against evil if given the chance.

Regardless of where anyone stands on the gun-rights debate, however, we will encourage everyone to try to refrain from politicizing the tragedy in Connecticut.