Call To Action: Get Guns Out of Michigan State Capitol

Call To Action: Get Guns Out of Michigan State Capitol

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Krystle DuPree started this petition to The Michigan State Capitol Commission

Michigan is one of three states in the Midwest that enforce the archaic practice of allowing firearms into their state capitols. After the conspicuously armed protests on April 30th, the Michigan State Capitol Commission should review this policy and ban firearms in this uniquely sensitive public space. 

Every protest is filled with emotions, usually frustration. The right to express those emotions and opinions is protected by the First Amendment. However, it is dangerous and corrosive to democracy to allow lawmakers and staff to be threatened as they go about the public’s business. The people who came to the Capitol that day were toting nooses and swastikas and semiautomatic weapons. They blockaded entrances to offices, attempted to invade the House Floor, and loomed over lawmakers with firearms. Although their actions may not have met the legal definition of ‘brandishing’ weapons, their intent to intimidate the Legislature and governor was clear. 

Every single one of our constitutional rights is subject to limits where it infringes on the rights of others. Capitol policy recognizes this by barring visitors who disrupt the legislative process by shouting in the galleries or even those who just hold signs. There is no constitutional right to bring a weapon into a public building—weapons are barred in the U.S. Capitol, courthouses, the White House, and almost all state capitols. Allowing armed members of the public into the Capitol puts the sergeants and the State Police in an impossible situation in which they must ignore the obvious danger posed by an angry person with a loaded semiautomatic weapon overlooking a chamber full of legislators. Accidental discharge or even a loud sound could have deadly effects in such crowded and emotionally charged circumstances.      

The Capitol Commission has the authority and the duty to protect legislators, staff, future protestors, and the general public by prohibiting firearms at the Michigan Capitol. The time to act is now--not after a tragedy. I respectfully urge you to ban concealed and openly carried firearms within the Capitol and surrounding grounds.

Thank you for considering my letter, and I look forward to the actions you will take to make the Michigan State Capitol a safe forum for democracy.

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