Michigan legislators' push for gun control has little to do with shooting at Michigan State University

Michigan legislators' push for gun control has little to do with shooting at Michigan State University
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We all know there was a mass shooting at Michigan State University.

We also all know that now there’s a push in the state for gun control. Lawmakers there have been beating the drum for it before the brass had even cooled.


In the media, this is being framed as the shooting giving lawmakers there an opportunity they’ve lacked for some time.

Three days after Michigan State University was terrorized by a mass shooting on campus, Democratic lawmakers in the state filed a host of bills targeting gun safety – legislation they are hopeful can become law since the party last month took control of the legislature and governor’s office for the first time in four decades.

State lawmakers filed an 11-bill package Thursday, which includes several policies experts say are proven to reduce gun violence. Michigan Democrats have tried and failed to enact stronger gun regulations in recent years under Republican-controlled legislative bodies. Their efforts intensified after the November 2021 mass shooting at Oxford High School just outiside Detroit,but none of the measures passed.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, promised legislative changes just two days after authorities say Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, opened fire on MSU’s campus Monday night, killing three students and critically wounding five others.

“The time for only thoughts and prayers is over,” Whitmer said in a tweet. “We are in a unique position to take action and save lives. And that’s exactly what we are going to do in the weeks ahead.”


Except, Whitmer had previously made it clear she wanted to pass gun control. Democrats taking control of both chambers of the state legislature made it clear they intended to pass gun control. This was always in the cards.

Further, absolutely none of those 11 items would have done a blasted thing to prevent the shooter from killing those kids. None of the laws in question would have done a thing to stop that shooting from happening.

What we’re seeing isn’t lawmakers responding to a horrific event in hopes of keeping it from happening again. What we’re seeing are anti-Second Amendment legislators using the deaths of three people as a pretext to pass laws they wanted to pass all along.

In fact, they intended to pass them all along.

They were probably going to pass them all along.

What they’re doing here, though, is trying to frame any opposition as somehow excusing these murders. They’re trying to tie Michigan State to their gun control push despite no evidence that any of these measures would have prevented the shooting from happening.

Unfortunately, the media isn’t interested in evaluating what happened and holding these lawmakers accountable, either. Instead, they accept the new narrative that Michigan State is what’s changed everything, all so they can use that to try and pressure lawmakers elsewhere to do just that.


But don’t buy it. Michigan was going to do this all along. They never intended to respect anyone’s gun rights.

They’re just lying to everyone and pretending what they wanted all along is really a response to a horrific event. When these laws fail to stop the next mass shooting, though, they won’t acknowledge this or even accept the laws failed. They’ll just call for more laws they wanted all along.

I just wish they’d own up to it and admit they don’t respect people’s gun rights and will take them away every chance they get.

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