Whitmer considers petition for school gun safety legislation


For the first time, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has opened the door to a possible statewide petition campaign to enact school gun safety legislation if she and the GOP legislature fail. not to agree on what to do.

In the tragic wake of the murder of four students at Oxford High School, the governor says she is determined to do something to make schools safer for children.

But finding common ground with pro-gun Senate GOP leader Mike Shirkey, and House GOP leader Jason Wentworth, could be a difficult task – and based on that premise, the talks might come to nothing. produce.

The governor could embrace collecting petition signatures to place it on the statewide ballot, removing it from Republicans’ hands.

“I want to sit down at the table and have a real conversation about what we can do,” Whitmer said. “And if that is not successful, then I would certainly understand the desire of the people of Michigan to have a say on this, and this is something that I think we will be looking at.”

In his upcoming legislative negotiations, it is certain that metal detectors will be under consideration – and the daily search of student backpacks.

In a FOX 2 interview, she didn’t commit to anything but seemed to be open to gunpowder sniffer dogs with that goal in mind.

“It is important to make sure that we secure the premises,” she said. “They have a dog who can sniff gunpowder and that could be heartwarming and keep people safe. I can’t say one thing will solve the problem.”

She did not approve of the petition campaign per se, but she did not reject it outright either.

“I’m not ruling out anything. I’m telling you as a parent, as a mom, as someone who has tried to support families who have gone through the most devastating loss, I think we can do better, and we owe it to our children, our families and our citizens to try to do it, ”said Whitmer.

She will have the chance to do better when lawmakers return later this month. See the full conversation with the Governor on wkar.org tomorrow.


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