Open Carry: How important is it to protect the right to own guns?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Open Carry
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How important is it to protect the individual right to own guns? Is it more or less important than controlling gun ownership?

One reason gun-rights activities promote open carry is protection of the right to own guns in the first place. A failure to exercise the right could result in loss of the right. A majority of the public might agree.

For the first time in 20 years, a majority of Americans (52%) say it’s more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than it is to control the ownership of guns, according to a December 2014 poll by the Pew Research Center.

From 1993 to 2008, clear majorities of Americans said controlling gun ownership was more important than protecting the right to own guns. Since 2008, opinions were almost evenly split, but only at the end of 2014 did a majority say that protecting the right to bear arms is more important than controlling gun ownership.

Not surprisingly, Republicans strongly emphasize the need to protect the right of gun ownership, while Democrats emphasize controlling gun ownership. But the increase in support of gun rights occurs across the board for men and women, various age groups, educational groups, and so on.

Yesterday the Ann Arbor Public School Board of Education issued a statement declaring its intention to make schools “weapon free zones.” If the presence of weapons disrupts the educational environment, Michigan law permits school boards to restrict weapons on school grounds. The statement reads, in part:

“The Ann Arbor Public Schools has experienced disruptions for students, staff, and other participants when individuals open carry on district property, and as a result, AAPS will not allow weapons on district property, at events on campus or any school sponsored activities.”

Is it more important to protect gun rights than it is to control gun ownership?
Do you support or oppose the AAPS declaration of schools as weapons-free zones?

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