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Michigan Gov. Snyder: More Guns Not the Answer to Mass Shootings

Michigan Gov. Snyder: More Guns Not the Answer to Mass Shootings
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By    |   Friday, 23 February 2018 01:57 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, said Friday that "more guns" is not the solution to mass shootings.

"I don't think having more guns is a good thing," he said at the Politico State Solutions Conference in Washington. "We need to have a thoughtful dialogue."

The governor, who cannot seek a third term, added that the nation is in "a very polarizing situation" on firearms, and referenced his own experience with a school shooting.

"I was part of a situation where there was a shooting, years and years ago when I was back in college," Snyder said in a probable reference to an attack at the University of Michigan in 1981. "I was in college, and to see two fellow students be taken out in stretchers that died — that's profound."

"This is awful stuff. Let's address it in a thoughtful way," he added, saying that there is "a real question" if assault rifles should be banned, but that "there are people who feel very strongly they should have the right to bear any arms."

He also said that "red flag" legislation that would prevent an unstable person from purchasing a gun is "worth looking at," describing it as "a tangible step I hope we all can agree on. If someone has clear mental health issues, they shouldn't have a gun."

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