“A bill pending in the state Legislature (S.B. 59) would, for the first time, allow individuals who have a permit to carry a concealed handgun on school property, in places of worship, day care centers, sports arenas, bars, hospitals, college dormitories and classrooms,” detroitnews.com reports. Wait. Editorializes. Needless to say, the Detroit News is happy to provide e-space for a couple of gun grabbers intent on shooting down any idea of any concealed carry anywhere. And they bring facts! Well, something that looks like facts . . .
The telephone survey of 600 registered voters, conducted by EPIC-MRA of Lansing in early April, found that 72 percent said they opposed the bill — with 63 percent strongly opposed. Only 25 percent favored the bill.
The poll also found that a majority of those who said they had a concealed weapons permit opposed the bill, by 53-44 percent.
EPIC-MRA President Bernie Porn, asked to analyze the data, found that “every demographic group opposes the proposal, including tea party supporters, Romney voters, and of course CCW permit-holder households. The bill totally ignores public opinion on where people should be able to carry guns.”
Supporters of the bill attacked the survey as having been done by “radical anti-gun groups.”
Nice of them to mention that. Skeptical DTN readers might also be interested to learn that EPIC-MRA ain’t exactly Rasmussen. The acronym-intensive polling org is one of those left-leaning ROBO call professional advocacy groups. From their website:
From writing and refining the survey instrument to meet your needs, to designing the survey sample frame, administering the interviews, entering the data, conducting the analysis, and compiling the written reports and advancing recommendations, EPIC·MRA partners with you every step of the way.
The editorial’s authors: Andy Pelosi is the director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus and Randy Block is director of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network. The duo hired EPIC-MRA to conduct the survey. And then wrote this faux news article to promote its results.
Here’s where the leopard reveals its spots.
The unintended consequences of having guns readily available in these locations would make them more dangerous.
No amount of one-time training (the law requires nine hours of additional training before carrying into these areas — not annually, but one time only, with the firing of just 94 rounds) is going to give amateur vigilantes the ability to make the critical decision to shoot or not to shoot that even law enforcement officers seek to avoid.
As the head of security at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids points out, it’s very possible that during a crisis, a civilian who pulls a gun aiming to stop a criminal could easily find him or herself the target of law enforcement officers scanning a crowd for danger.
So not only would an armed citizen fail to stop murder and mayhem, the cops are going to shoot their ass. The article concludes with more skewed data from the Violence Policy Center’s “Concealed Carry Killers” agit-prop.
The gun rights movement is pushing back against those who’d push them into a corner. And when push comes to shove, as NRA Prez Wayne LaPierre famously pronounced, those that have the guns make the rules. Or should do.