An Oakland County Public Services Committee has been holding hearings on gun violence at the county complex in Pontiac. The hearings have been held since the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
In five hearings the committee heard from mental health experts, school officials and community leaders, with some requesting stricter laws on licensing and selling guns.
On Tuesday, Commissioner John Scott from Waterford said, “Most of the crimes being done out there are not done with legal guns-they’re done with guns bought on the street.”
The committee plans on meeting next month to discuss making recommendations to the full county board of commissioners at it’s June 14 meeting. The board could then send a resolution to Lansing lawmakers, who are considering proposals to tighten Michigan’s gun regulations, including one to ban taking firearms into public libraries, which is strongly supported by officials with Birmingham’s Baldwin Community Library.
That measure won’t keep armed lawbreakers out of libraries, Scott said. “When we hear about a lot of the shootings, they’re in schools and churches, all the gun free zones, he said.
Wise words from Mr. Scott. Hopefully our lawmakers will not jump on the anti-gun bandwagon and pass some foolish new laws. I am all for putting pressure on all our police agencies to strictly enforcing our current laws.
Think of the following scenario thoughtfully. Keep an open mind and answer the questions at the end.
It is a Saturday afternoon in early spring. Your son or daughter leave to go to the Baldwin Public Library with a couple of friends for a school assignment. You are very proud of your child and their commitment to education.
Your child and their friends are at a table about 40 feet from the front door. A deranged teen age boy who was recently expelled from high school, and has left a note that nobody has found yet, saying that he hates the nerds who study all the time and get good grades. He writes he is going to show them what true power really is.
The boy walks through the front door of the library and pulls out a handgun and immediately shoots and kills the receptionist at the front desk. He randomly shoots at several people standing, looking for books, striking some. He sees your child and friends trying to hide, and starts walking towards them.
How would you like this scenario to end? Say the legislature passed a law earlier in the year banning all guns from libraries. The Baldwin Library has a large sign at the entrance telling patrons that this is a gun free zone. A metal detector is at the front door, which went off when the deranged teen entered but it was too late. All the people in the library have complied with the law and no one has a weapon.
No law banning guns from libraries is passed.
A lady or gentleman, who took several classes in gun safety, and owns and is legally carrying a handgun hears the original gunshots and quickly peeks around the corner just as the teen reaches your child and their friends. The gun carrying library patron quickly grabs their gun and ends the tragedy, which could have been much worse.
Your child and their friends are traumatized, they see mental health experts for their emotional well being. They go to the prom, you see them graduate and send them off to college in the fall.
If you don’t have a son or daughter, substitute any loved one in their place.
The question is which ending would you want? What do you want Lansing to do?