Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), while speaking at a Politico conference on Friday, said that he doesn’t think “having more guns is a good thing.”
“I don’t think having more guns is a good thing,” Snyder said.
“I was part of a situation where there was a shooting, years and years ago when I was back in college,” Snyder said, making an apparent reference to a 1981 incident at the University of Michigan. “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,” Snyder added.
He said there is “a real question” about whether people should be allowed to own assault weapons but added, “there are people who feel very strongly they should have the right to bear any arms.”
The Hill added:
Lawmakers have been proposing gun control measures with renewed urgency in the wake of 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.
Trump has proposed arming trained teachers in schools, but has faced major bipartisan backlash.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) pushed back on the idea Friday, saying that we should “let teachers focus on teaching.”
Snyder also called for enacting “red flag” legislation to 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.”