Should concealed pistol carriers be allowed to openly carry their weapons in Michigan schools?
Do you believe in the right to bear arms extends into our schools?
Currently, Michigan law states that an individual with a concealed weapons license cannot bring a concealed weapon into a school. That individual, however, can carry the weapon out in the open for all to see.
Ann Arbor Brother Brings Gun and Ammunition to Choir Concert
That is what 22-year-old Joshua Wade was doing when he walked into his sister’s choir concert at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor last March. Prior to the show, the choir director informed Wade that he was making other parents feel uncomfortable, according to an article published by Michigan Live.
After the choir director talked with Wade, he called the police. When the police came, they escorted Wade out into the lobby are checked his Concealed Pistol License status.
Then Wade returned to his seat.
The situation didn’t end there. Brian DiBlassio, an Ann Arbor Musician, tried to photograph Wade in between sets. After the concert, DiBlassio stood in the back of the theater and called for everyone attention. He then pointed out Wade and the fact that Wade had openly carried his pistol during the concert.
“I told everyone I thought they should be aware that while they were at the concert watching their kids that there was someone with a firearm and ammunition and maybe we want to think about that,” stated Brian DiBlassio, as reported by Michigan Live.
The School Board’s Reaction
Michigan Live also reported that on April 15 of this year, The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to ban dangerous weapons (including guns) from schools.
Now, if anyone, besides law enforcement officials, brings a gun into an Ann Arbor school, the school’s administrators will ask that person to leave and call the police.
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor agreed to enforce the ordinance and the district’s efforts to be safe.
Ann Arbor Parents Go Beyond Ann Arbor and Petition to Change Michigan
According to a recent article published by Michigan Live, Dr. Sonya Lewis, with the support of fellow parents, has launched a petition targeted at the House Judiciary Committee. That committee is reviewing House Bill 4261. House Bill 4261 would close what Lewis calls the “open carry loophole.”
The Moveon.org petition, as June 2015, has 2783 signatures. The following is what the petition states:
“Michigan schools should be safe havens where children have the right to learn in an environment that’s free of the danger, stress, terror and disruption caused by guns in school. Teachers should have the right to teach in an intimidation-free environment without the extra burden of having to determine whether a person carrying a gun at school is a threat.
The recent open carry incidents at Michigan schools have shown that it’s up to our lawmakers to keep guns out of schools: until you act, open carry extremists will continue to cause expensive and disruptive lockdowns and put our children in danger.”
What do you think? Should concealed pistol carriers be allowed to openly carry their weapons in Michigan schools? How do we keep our children and our schools safe?
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