“Burn all the guns! Throw the ashes into the eye of a raging hurricane caused by climate change!” Such has been the chant of the left since, well, forever. But it’s reached a fever pitch since the Texas church shooting on Sunday (see Ted Cruz Smacks Down Media for Shameless Gun Control Push After Texas Shooting and Democrat Ted Lieu Shamelessly Exploits Shooting Victims to Push Gun Control. [Video]). All the while, Michigan has been silently moving to pass a bill allowing citizens concealed carry in gun-free zones.
Finally, talk of a rational solution that doesn’t involve the mass seizing of firearms and disposal through a hurricane trashcan.
The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Tuesday began passing legislation to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits.
The bills were approved by a committee on 3-2 party-line votes, two days after a gunman killed 26 people at a Texas church. The full chamber planned to vote Wednesday.
Under Michigan law, it is illegal for the nearly 618,000 people with concealed weapon permits to carry in designated gun-free zones — schools, day cares, sports arenas, large concert halls, taverns, places of worship, hospitals, many college dorms or classrooms, and casinos. However, the law does not explicitly prevent them from openly carrying in those areas, which has led to lawsuits and court rulings.
The current law also gives the leaders of churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship permission to allow concealed weapons.
The legislation would prohibit open carry except in certain circumstances, but allow concealed carry in the areas previously dubbed gun-free zones, as long as a license holder completes eight extra hours of training or is a certified firearms instructor. Private establishments that were previously gun-free zones could still prohibit guns, but public facilities could not.
Translation? Teachers will be able to carry in classrooms. Parishioners will be able to carry in the pews. Pete and his mohawk adorned friends will be able to carry to their next rock concert. Every public facility previously considered “soft” or easy targets will become harder to hit because of armed Americans.
Now to do away with gluten-free zones. Make America bake again.