(RepublicanNews.org) – After a mass shooting that left three dead and five wounded on the Michigan State University Campus early on February 14th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer called mass shootings a “uniquely American problem.”
Campus police said the five wounded victims were in critical condition at hospitals after the Tuesday shooting.
Whitmer said people were in what she called an “all-too-familiar situation” with another mass shooting, which she said was a problem unique to the United States. Referring to the 2018 mass shooting that left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland Florida, which occurred on February 14th of that year, Whitmer said people were “broken” by emotions brought on by these tragedies.
The shooter was 43-year-old Anthony McRae, whom police described as not affiliated with the university. Police later found McRae dead from shooting himself at a location off the campus.
The campus was closed Tuesday.
Governor Whitmer said she had a phone call with President Joe Biden, whom she said pledged “his support and the thoughts of an entire nation.”
Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin echoed Whitmer’s sentiments and went further, striking an almost aggressive tone when remarking on gun violence. She said she “cannot believe” that she had to speak about another mass shooting at a press conference to talk about children being killed.
Slotkin said people either care about protecting children or they don’t, seeming to imply that those who care about children would support ever more gun restrictions.
Whitmer’s remarks came in the form of a press statement in which she said Americans could not keep “living like this,” and that schools and similar places should be associated with safety and community, not bloodshed.
Whitmer, a Democrat, wants universal background checks for those buying guns, laws requiring safe gun storage in the home, and “red flag” laws. Red flag laws allow police to take guns away from people deemed to be a high or immediate safety risk.
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