LANSING, Mich. (WWJ) – Clergy across metro Detroit and the state of Michigan will converge in Lansing today and use the power of prayer against the concealed weapons bill now on Governor Snyder’s desk.
Members of Michigan Prophetic Voices and the Metro Coalition of Congregations say they will hold a prayer vigil this afternoon outside the governor’s office. They want him to veto legislation that would allow those with extra training to carry a concealed weapon in a gun-free zone, including schools, churches, stadiums and other public venues. The governor says he taking a closer look at the bill, given his concerns with public safety following the mass shooting in Newtown Connecticut that left 26 people — including 20 children — dead at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The head of the Michigan Education Association, meanwhile, is also speaking out on that concealed weapons legislation.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports that MEA President Steve Cook wants Snyder to veto the bill.
“There are too many guns in the streets,” Cook said. “There are too many guns in schools, and schools have to have the option to keep the guns out.”
Cook, himself a gun owner, says he doesn’t buy the argument from the NRA that guns in schools could actually save lives.