Kzoo Co. Commissioners consider two proclamations involving firearms

Kzoo Co. Commissioners consider two proclamations involving firearms

One proclamation calls on the board to declare Kalamazoo a “Second Amendment Constitutional County” and the other is to declare June 5th “National Gun Violence Awareness Day." Gun (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock free images) KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — Kalamazoo County Commissioners will be dealing with dueling proclamations Tuesday night, one that calls on them to support gun ownership and another that opposes gun violence. The pro-gun proclamation calls on the board to declare that Kalamazoo is a “Second Amendment Constitutional County” that supports the right to bear arms. The other asks the board to declare the first Friday in June “National Gun Violence Awareness Day." Commissioners can propose whatever proclamations they like and its apparent that these two are coming from different directions. The first claims "more Kalamazoo County residents are concerned about personal safety during the current pandemic and are purchasing more firearms in recent months." It adds, "Kalamazoo County residents deserve assurance that their second amendment rights are supported by Kalamazoo County government; and each Kalamazoo County Commissioner, took an oath to support the United States Constitution and the Michigan Constitution, both of which include citizens’ individual rights to keep and bear arms." The second proclamation argues that guns have just made homes more dangerous. It states, "the pandemic facing America has drastically impacted communities and individuals sheltering in place which may result in situations where access to firearms results in increased risk in intimate partner violence gun deaths, suicide by gun and unintentional shootings." […]

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