Michigan's right-to-work battle is not the only issue garnering national attention for Gov. Rick Snyder.
On Sunday's edition of a special Meet the Press dedicated to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, Randi Weingarten, president of the national American Federation of Teachers, urged Snyder to veto pending legislation that would broaden concealed-carry laws.
The bills, passed by the State Senate in November, and the State House last week, are ready for Snyder's signature, according to MLive.com. However, he delayed signing them for further review. Should and will recent events give him pause?
Weingarten seems to think so, following the deaths of 27 in Newtown, including 20 children.
"Schools have to be safe sanctuaries," she said during the show's signature roundtable discussion. "And so we need to actually stop this routine view that just having more guns will actually make people safer. So we are opposed to having in a safe sanctuary like an elementary school, having someone who has access to guns.
"And I would actually ask Gov. Snyder to actually veto the bill that’s on his desk right now that says concealed weapons in schools would be okay."
The message came after remarks from former Education Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, and was not prompted by any on-air discussion of Snyder or the Michigan legislation. It also didn't draw a response from the other panelists.
On Friday, Snyder's office said he planned to carefully analyze the bill before the shooting, Thompson/Reuters reported. He conveyed his condolences to the victims and families.
"He also said these situations always must and should give pause as they're so tragic," said Sara Wurfel, Snyder's press secretary. "But that we can't jump to conclusions either."
Under the proposed bills, gun owners with concealed weapon permits could receive additional training to carry their firearms in schools, daycare centers and at sporting events.