Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic leaders have pledged to take swift action to address gun attacks.
They made the pledge during a brief rally outside the state Capitol on Wednesday (March 15). Hundreds of people attended the rally, reports The Detroit News.
There have been two gun attacks in Michigan in less than 16 months. In November 2021, a gunman attacked Oxford High School and killed four students. Then on February 13, a gunman attacked the campus of Michigan State University (MSU), killing three students and wounding five others.
The rally was attended by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (who survived the 2011 gun attack), and Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, 30 days after the gun attack at the campus of MSU.
Referring to the gun attack at Oxford and Michigan State University, Whitmer said,’How do you console a parent who has lost a child to a gun attack? What do you say to students who are afraid to go to school? But the good news is that we don’t have to live like this anymore and we won’t live like this anymore. Now is the time to take swift action to combat gun attacks.’
Democratic lawmakers in the rally prioritized a proposal to require criminal background checks on buyers before any gun purchase.
They also insisted on mandating the storage of firearms in homes where children live and enforcing safety laws to allow gun possession.
Speakers at the rally also called for guns to be taken back from people considered a risk.
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