Open carry in schools: Breaking down the NRA poll numbers

- You may not believe this, but 52 percent of National Rifle Association members do not favor the open carry of weapons in Michigan schools. And that opinion persists regardless of whether they own a shotgun, rifle or hand gun.

That's just one of the revealing findings in the recent EPIC-MRA survey that also reveals, regardless of where you live, there is not a majority for either open and concealed carry in the schools.

Even up North where the gun culture is alive and well, 68 percent don't want their kids to see a weapon in school and 57 percent oppose concealed weapons.

The NRA numbers on concealed guns is closer as 64 percent favor that while 27 percent do not. In comparison, non gun owners are staunchly against any guns as 81 percent oppose open carry and 72 percent oppose hiding the guns.

The gun issue based on gender shows only one slight difference. Fifty percent of the men are O.K. with concealed guns while 66 percent of the women are not. The two agree on open carry as they oppose that 64 percent for men and 73 percent for women.

Looking at race, 86 percent of Blacks oppose open carry and 67 percent are against concealed, while 67 percent of Whites oppose open carry compared to 56 percent on concealed guns.

The opposition to both cuts across age lines as there is only one sub-group in favor of concealed weapons, and those are in the 18-34 group and everyone, regardless of age, is against open carry.

Of course, all this comes at a time when the legislature appears to be stuck on this issue.

Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville) has offered his compromise which concedes that parents find guns in full view to be "disruptive" to the education process, but he has no problem with concealed weapons.

His challenge is the governor does not want any guns in any schools at anytime.

And since neither side has blinked, nothing is moving. 

There is majority agreement that the only folks carrying weapons in schools should be law enforcement types and on that 61 percent concur.


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