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Lawmakers Look For Money To Beef Security In Schools


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The gun issue is on the minds of state lawmakers as they try to find the money to beef up security in schools.

Republican Senator Howard Walker wants to let schools divert infrastructure dollars into school safety projects, including armed guards.

"So that local schools could use it for security provisions including cameras, locks and maybe security guards. It's their decision," said Senator Walker.

Senator Rick Jones contends the money should be used to lock all the doors.

"All the doors of the school should be secured except for one entrance and that entrance should be carefully monitored," said Senator Jones.

Some lawmakers concede there is no way to legislate away all gun violence, but something must be done. Senator Steve Bieda says in the long run, pouring more money into mental health would save more lives than trying to place a guard everywhere.

"It won't be just the schools, it's the movie theatres, the coffee houses. It's everywhere else and we'd get a little more. I hate to use this, bang for the buck, if we focused on mental health issues," said Senator Bieda.

The governor has made the same observations as  the gun violence issue refuses to go away.

Click here to read what school officials have to say on the issue.

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