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If Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is right, arming more people is the best solution to stopping more mass shootings like the one at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas that left 26 dead and many more injured.

In response to the mass shooting in Texas over the weekend, Michigan Senate Republicans voted to pass a bill that will allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapons in more places including schools, preschools, churches, many other places that have been gun free zones. The measure is to allow more people to be armed so they can help stop a shooting in progress. The vote was along party lines and now moves to the Michigan House where Republicans hold a majority.

Despite outcry from Democrats and school groups, people could carry concealed guns inside schools, bars, preschools, churches and other places where they’re currently prohibited under a plan the Senate approved Wednesday.

The Republican-led Senate approved the bills in a series of 26-11 and 25-12 votes along party lines. Sen. Marty Knollenberg of Troy was the only Republican to vote no — on Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s bill to allow guns in gun-free zones.

Meekhof, R-West Olive, fast-tracked the plan after a Senate committee he chairs signed off on the legislation Tuesday and two days after a shooting in a Texas church. Meekhof had told reporters Tuesday that “now is the time,” although he said the unexpected urgency after months of stalling has nothing to do with the latest mass shooting.

On Wednesday, Meekhof urged passage to prevent atrocities like the one in Texas and elsewhere…

Meekhof recognizes the fact that it takes law enforcement too long to respond to emergencies and that the best line of any fast response is having more people to be armed. Statistics also show that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding group of people in the nation and they have helped reduce injuries and deaths numerous times by being in the right place at the right time with their legally permitted firearm.

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