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Snyder's veto of a concealed weapons bill seems to have come from within

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The governor is back on the move toward the center of the political spectrum.  That's what watchers in this town will conclude as he took on the NRA, never a favorite of moderate and independent voters, and nixed concealed weapons in Michigan schools and other public places.

To reach the conclusion that this governor acted for political reasons is to misjudge him. This veto came from within and not because some pollster told him to do it to recoup the middle ground he lost by signing Right to Work last week.

No this one is personal on several fronts.

Asked how he would feel if concealed weapons were in his daughter's school, he began, "I don't see the value of having weapons really present in the schools, hospitals and places like that."

Even though he has owned guns since he was in high school and has a rifle and two shot guns now, this is no card-carrying NRA member. He rejects it's argument that conceal guns are actually a deterrent to crime.

Is that true? he was asked in a WLNS-TV-6 and FOX2 TV interview.

Nope.  "There is a difference of opinion on that.  I'm not on that side in terms of looking at it."

See the pattern here.  He's been backing away from this measure because schools were not given a path to block guns from their buildings.  But there's a more personal reason: He was almost killed by a gunman while at the U of M.

In quiet and deliberate tones, the governor recounts on camera the night he was on duty as an R.A. when a would-be killer entered the dorm.  Under normal circumstances the governor would have been the first responder.  But he was detained while another R.A. "went up the floor and was killed."

That could have been you? the interviewer inquired. Now pausing again, the governor recalls, "Ah, most likely it should have been me."

As for the impact on his own life he says it's real, adding he could "see this young man come down and be on the verge of dying….and then he did die."  And that might have been Rick Snyder.

Now as governor his backers will say his veto reflects that life experience aimed at saving lives while the NRA will contend he got this one wrong.

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