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Survey: Where Does Law Enforcement Stand on Gun Control?

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PoliceOne.com, a news and resource website for law enforcement officers, recently released the results of a broad gun control survey given to more than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals. In the survey, officers answered just under 30 questions that sought their perspectives on a number of gun control issues, including the effects that any federal bans would have on crime. According to the site, 70 percent of the officers who participated in the survey were “field level law enforcers” across a number of agencies and departments. Roughly 80 percent of the survey-takers were active officers while the remaining 20 percent were retired.

Here are some of the results:

  • 71% of the polled officers believe that a federal ban on semi-automatic firearms would have no effect on reducing violent crime.
  • 85% of officers say that passage of the White House’s proposed legislation will have no or negative impact on officer safety.
  • 86.2% of officers believe that casualties resulting from an active shooter incident would have been reduced if armed citizens were present.
  • 76.6% of officers believe that school teachers and administrators should be allowed to carry firearms in the course of their jobs, provided they are trained and qualified.

When questioned “What do you believe is the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States?”

  • 38.1% answered “decline in parenting and family values.”
  • 14.7% answered “parole, early release and short sentencing for violent offenders.”
  • 13.9% answered “pop culture influence” which involved violent movies, video games and social norms.

The overarching conclusion reached by PoliceOne is that the majority of police officers oppose the current proposals to restrict firearm ownership. Many officers feel that not only will these measures be ineffective in reducing crime, but will affect their ability to enforce the law.

PoliceOne’s Editor in Chief Doug Wyllie writes that, “police overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry, would like to see more guns in the hands of responsible people, and are skeptical of any greater restrictions placed on gun purchase, ownership, or accessibility”

The executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, responded to the survey by saying, “the American people, and particularly the members of law enforcement, want politicians in Washington to stop pursuing a failed political agenda and get to work fixing our broken mental health system, improving school security, and getting criminals off the streets.”

Here is some additional information from the survey:

  • More than 81 percent said that “gun buy-backs” do not reduce gun violence.
  • Nearly 80 percent said that a ban on private transfers of firearms between law-abiding citizens would not reduce violent crime.
  • More than 76 percent indicated that legally armed citizens are important to reducing crime.
  • More than 70 percent said that a ban on “assault weapons” would not reduce violent crime.
  • More than 70 percent opposed the idea of a national registry of legal gun sales.
  • Nearly 68 percent said magazine capacity restrictions would negatively affect them personally.
  • 99 percent said policies other than an “assault weapons” ban are most important to prevent mass shootings.
  • Almost 96 percent said that a ban on standard capacity magazines would not reduce violent crime.
  • More than 91 percent stated that the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime should have stiff, mandatory sentences, and no plea-bargains.
  • More than 91 percent stated they supported the Right-to-Carry by law abiding Americans.

You can read the survey in its entirety here.

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  • iceman

    But our politicians (Reid Obama) seem to know better then our police who deal with this everyday.

    • http://www.facebook.com/felix.duran.79 Felix Duran

      Careful, Reid would say he knows. He was a cop in his younger day.

  • Mark G.

    Thank goodness some sanity from people who should know. Citizens who use and like guns see firearms as a thing of beauty and a tool to keep us safe and secure and well fed. The firearms we have today took around 500 years to develop. They are a feat of engineering that uses wood and steel and chemistry and gleaming brass. They involve mathematics with trajectory and force.

    Guns in the hands of good people keep us all safe and secure. The Military, the police and citizens all work together.
    The police know that if they were ever outgunned or were being overrun by some unforseen enemy, good citizens with guns would come to their aid. Citizens are the ultimate authourity, not the police. Citizens hire other citizens we call the police and military to keep us safe and secure but they can only do so much, even with all their training.

    Those who do not like guns and want them to be gone, see firearms as a weapon of destruction and seem to have forgotten that guns brought us civilization by making everyone equal and by allowing good citizens to finally control bad people. This image of guns being bad is enforced by movies and TV shows that portray the use of guns in an unrealistic and hostile and malevolent way in order to cause a reaction in people, much like horror movies do. We can sit in the comfort of our homes and watch people being controlled and killed by guns while being completly safe and secure.We can experience the horror without ourselves getting hurt. This is the drama that entertains us.

    But that is fiction and not reality. However, many people believe this is the reality and for some, they want to turn fiction into real life and so we have these mass shooters who want to be dramatic and have infamy and be immortalized and remebered for the horrors they visited upon others. The news agencies fall all over themselves to get the scoop so they can sell copy. The more dramatic the reporting, the better. They expound on the killers lives and give us every little detail, doing exactly what these bad people want. And in doing so, promote and inspire others to do the same.

    Then we have the war on drugs and other social issues that cause people to take up guns and gun crimes soar. Yet these crimes have little to do with gun ownership and good people with guns. It also doesn`t help that some of ths good gun owners allow bad people or children to get a hold of their guns.

    Politicians jump on the bandwagon because people want answers and so the reaction is to try to take way the tools these killers use because they have no real idea what to do. Other people like certain actors and filmakers see oppurtunity as well and even though they might be well meaning, they too are caught up in the false doctrines of gun control rather than trying to find real justice and causation.

    Most gun owners and hunters and target shooters are not killers. They are not murderers. They cannot understand why they should be treated as such. They use firearms safely and responsibly and have nothing to do with these crimes. Yet they are being held responsible. That is unjust and that is why they resist these calls for more gun control.

    • Larry

      Mark, it seems you have a great caption on what is happening. Keep speaking and writing your mind, especially to your congressperson. They need a swift kick of reality.

  • Steve Thomas

    Police Chief Asavado, Austin TX, just went to D.C. to voice his support for gun confiscation. HE DOES NOT SPEAK FOR TEXAS. Maybe for Austin, but those are a bunch of fruit loops anyway. I hope to start petition to fire his a$$, even though I live in the good county to the north.

  • rick0857

    I guess no one could say it better than one of the guys that was around at the time the Constitution was written. Let’s examine what one of the founders Thomas Jefferson had to say about guns;

    “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

    “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”

    “One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.”

  • Larry Sica

    Our gov.t has a much deeper agenda for the regulations it is trying to instill than the safety of the people. Congress should consult and poll, like the outdoor hub has to get the opinion of those in the know like the officers on the street. If they did they would get some very concise points of discussion to help create positive impacting law instead of a knee jerk to a problem.