Gun poll fiire mission!

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Ricebrnr, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Ricebrnr

    Ricebrnr New Member

    Hey guys, this poll closes in 2 days and has been up and down for us. I've never seen anti's hit a poll so hard as this one. We usually knock them on there butts and they never recover.

    We were up at 87% yes and then within a day down to 43%. We got it back to 53% but in tha last day or so it's down again.

    Only 2 days left, can I count on your help to close the poll difinitively in our favor?


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  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    I voted yes because we should be able to carry on school property BUT, a little more information about the poll would be helpful and probably get more votes from the members.

  3. Ricebrnr

    Ricebrnr New Member

    Ok here's the original article

    Michigan universities could allow guns in classrooms, dormitories under new Senate bill -

    With poll: Michigan universities could allow guns in classrooms, dormitories under new Senate bill
    Posted: 6:05 a.m. December 21, 2009
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    .Michigan universities shouldn't be able to pick and choose which constitutional amendments apply to them - and that includes the right to bear arms, a state senator from Monroe County says.

    "Universities shouldn't be allowed to choose what parts of the constitution they think are good enough for them or not," said Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, whose district includes southern Washtenaw County. "It would be tantamount to saying illegal search and seizure can be allowed on a college campus."

    George Mason University student and former active duty Marine Andrew Dysart stands on the George Mason campus with an empty holster in Fairfax, Va. In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, Dysart is advocated the right of students with concealed handgun permits to carry guns on campus for protection. Photo: The Associated Press
    Richardville sponsored Senate Bill 747, which would give universities the discretion - but not force them - to allow individuals with permits to carry concealed guns in classrooms and dormitories. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the bill earlier this month, but took no action and won't meet again until Jan 1.

    That legislation has prompted talk of revising Richardville's bill to eliminate all designated gun-free zones - including theaters, stadiums, hospitals, classrooms and dormitories, said State Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    "The testimony was mixed and sparked a broad debate," Kuipers said. "There's discussion now on whether or not Michigan should eliminate all its gun-free zones."

    Currently, the local boards that govern Michigan's universities and community colleges can pass policies on whether guns are allowed - carried by a concealed weapon license holder or otherwise - on campus. State law bans the institutions from allowing guns in gun-free zones such as classrooms, dormitories and stadiums. SB 747 would remove classrooms and dormitories from that list.

    Michigan State University is the only of the state's 15 public universities to allow concealed pistol license holders to bring firearms on campus, except for the banned areas. Southwestern Michigan College is the only of 28 community colleges in that allows the same.

    Richardville said beyond the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Michigan Constitution dictates individuals have "a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state."

    Officials from Washtenaw Community College, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University have condemned legislation that would allow concealed permit holders to carry anywhere on campus.

    To obtain a concealed weapons permit, a person must be a 21 years old, a U.S. citizen and a Michigan resident for at least six months, with some exceptions. Applicants must have a record clear of various crimes, a clean bill of mental health and complete a safety training course.

    "One of the things that came up were the shootings down in Virginia Tech," Richardville said. "The professor in that class was a CPL holder. His university did not allow him, because of a no-gun rule, to have his concealed with him. It was in his car, in the parking lot locked up. He was murdered and so were 31 other people."

    Lobbyists from the Michigan Community Colleges Association and the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, testified against the bill.

    "Nobody is intending to violate someone's national constitutional rights," said Michael Hansen, president of the MCCA. "On the other hand, we want to be able to recognize that all of those rights come with certain natural restrictive conditions."

    And local boards should have control over student conduct on their campuses, Hansen said.

    A separate measure that would also change laws regulating guns on campus, House Bill 5474, is now waiting in a House committee, where one of its sponsors, Rep. Joel Sheltrown, D-West Branch, says it will stay while he educates the public about what the bill really does.

    The House measure would allow concealed pistol license holders to have guns on roads, sidewalks, green space and other open spaces on campus, but not in closed campus spaces like museums, student unions, dormitories or classrooms.

    The bills have sparked debate on local college campuses.

    At U-M, the Michigan Student Assembly passed a resolution condemning the HB 5474.

    "Having concealed weapons on campus is not something we endorse," MSA President Abhishek Mahanti said.

    The majority of students who spoke about the bills at a November panel discussion at EMU opposed changing laws to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns on campus.

    Sheltrown said he's been inundated with e-mails in recent months, and most of them either opposed the bill or confused the House bill with one that would allow guns everywhere on campus.

    "If the public has concerns, we can slow this process down and address those concerns to make sure everyone understands," he said. "This could be a very long process."

    And not all students oppose the measures.

    U-M history senior Julian Lizzio is a member of Students for Concealed Carry, a volunteer group of activists that supports expanding gun rights on college campuses. It has 42,000 members on its Facebook page.

    "Our group supports allowing qualified individuals with concealed pistol licenses to do on campus what they do everywhere else," Lizzio said. "We don't think campus is a special place where you are automatically safer by not having a gun. We want the same rights that apply everywhere else to apply while we're at a school."

    Juliana Keeping covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-2528. Follow Juliana Keeping on Twitter
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter


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  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member


    It's being talked about in Texas, too. As long as the CHL holders are well-screened, like they are in Texas (and sounds like they are in Michigan), why not? Lotsa loonies in the schools lately (Columbine and VA Tech) and in churches, as evidenced by the recent lively thread about carrying in places of worship.

    Maybe some of these things could be averted if responsible people are in a position to help.
  6. Kage0113

    Kage0113 New Member

    I don't even know why this is being contested. What a stupid law. As posted on the website, we who carry CWP's have local, state, and federal background checks. We are not the crazed gunmen, we are the protectors. I'm a university student, and really wish I could carry on campus. Why not? If I wanted to kill a bunch of people would I obey the law to not carry on school grounds? It is moronic to not be allowed to carry on campus, let alone moronic to not be able to carry anywhere we please! Don't drink and carry ,thats how crimes of passion are committed. But there is no logical reason to not carry on campus. If a maniac is going to kill, he's going to kill, regardless of the law.
  7. Mark F

    Mark F Active Member Supporter

    To some extent you are completely correct. On the other hand, most college-aged males haven't developed much of an adult demeanor. 21 is the standard age for voting, legal drinking, and getting a CCW or CHL (as its called in Texas). It is presumed that a you would gain a reasonable level of maturity at around 21. Unfortunately... this just isn't so in the real world. Some do and some don't. As far as weapons on campus go, I believe those that display good logic, good stability, and no proven history of trouble, should be allowed to conceal carry on campus. I also believe that Professors/Teachers should be allowed to carry if they meet the same criteria.
  8. Kage0113

    Kage0113 New Member

    Good point. Many are not mature enough.

    I think they could do this through a University/College program. Firearms safety should be brought back to schools. After all we are in college to learn, why not teach safe handling of weapons?
  9. cbw

    cbw New Member

    voted not looking good