He’s going to get hammered over it. Michigan is a very pro gun state among all but the furthest left.
I believe you. Have not lived Michigan personally but know plenty of people who have. They are almost all field and stream men (primarily deer hunters).
Sure, give him some heat over it to express your disappointment.
But, as I wrote in my original post, the governor has to be realistic about what is possible in this emotionally charged atmosphere. It is a tactical retreat, not a strategic defeat. After all, 20 1st graders (along with 6 teachers) were murdered just last Friday.
The unions already want his hide after signing the right to work legislation earlier last week and signing this legislation now, pardon the allusion, is just providing more ammunition for them to shot at him. Imagine the recall posters they could work up to combine and exploit those twin sets of raw feelings.
Better a Republican governor in office who may, eventually, sign the reviewed and resubmitted legislation than him being recalled now and replaced with a Democrat who will do the rights of gun owners a lot worse.
Once the investigators understand the dynamics of what actually happened and more importantly, why they happened, there can be analysis into the set of realistic options to prevent this type of tragedy from recurring. I feel that you are going to end up with a solution set that includes having enhanced barrier/access control systems AND specially trained and vetted individuals either carrying concealed on premises or having ready access to secured weapons stored in these facilities.
When they are there, the specially trained and vetted CCW visitor envisioned by the vetoed legislation may be an additional resource. However, a realistic active defense solution must assume they will not be there and, necessarily, must focus on arming some members of the facility staff since they are required to be on site.
Personally, given the ugly reality of what happened last Friday, I think you will find plenty of teachers willing to carry and, if necessary, kill in order to protect themselves and the students they love.