GOP Michigan governor: 'I don’t think having more guns is a good thing'

GOP Michigan governor: 'I don’t think having more guns is a good thing'
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Friday called for a “thoughtful dialogue” on guns amid renewed debate on the issue following the Florida high school shooting earlier this month.

Snyder, speaking at a Politico conference, appeared to break with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE’s stance of arming trained teachers to prevent mass shootings in schools.

“I don’t think having more guns is a good thing,” Snyder said.


Snyder added that he witnessed a shooting situation when he was in college, saying, “this is awful stuff.”

“Let's address it in a thoughtful way,” he said.

Lawmakers have been proposing gun control measures with renewed urgency following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week. 

Survivors of the shooting and high school students nationwide have drawn attention with unprecedented protests, walkouts and calls for lawmakers to act.

A Republican lawmaker from Florida on Friday also broke with the party and backed a ban on assault weapons.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday also said that we should “let teachers focus on teaching” rather than arming them.

Trump has called for expanded background checks, focusing on mental health, a ban on bump stock devices and raising the minimum assault rifle purchasing age to 21. But his strongest proposal, to arm trained teachers in schools, has faced major backlash from educators and gun control advocates.

In his comments Friday, Snyder also called for enacting “red flag” legislation, which would prevent an unstable person from owning guns.

“That’s a tangible step I hope we all can agree on,” he said. “If someone has clear mental health issues, they shouldn’t have a gun.”