PoliceOne.com released the findings from last month’s Gun Policy and Law Enforcement survey, drawing more than 15,000 completed responses from verified law enforcement professionals. The results are remarkable.
On April 8 in San Francisco, PoliceOne.com, the leading online resource for law enforcement, released findings from a national survey of police professionals that provide insight into the opinions of American law enforcement. The survey focused on gun control policies and the root causes of and potential solutions to gun crime in the United States.
The survey, conducted in early March 2013, received 15,000 responses from law enforcement professionals across the nation. Additionally, respondents represented law enforcement agencies from urban, suburban, and rural environments.
Only current, former or retired law enforcement personnel were eligible to participate in the survey. The survey sample size was broadly distributed by geography and rank in proportion to the U.S. law enforcement community at large. Respondents comprised a variety of ranks from departments of all sizes, with the majority representing departments of greater than 500 officers. Of those that took the survey, 80 percent were current law enforcement officers and 20 percent were former/retired law enforcement.
Covering a broad range of topics related to the gun control agenda being actively promoted throughout the nation, the survey found that the overall attitude of law enforcement is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights. It also found that law enforcement strongly holds the belief that an armed citizenry is effective in preventing crime and stopping their commission. Listed below is a concise overview of the PoliceOne survey (survey in .PDF format). Response percentages varied only slightly when analyzed by rank and department size. Among the results:
86 percent think the currently proposed legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety;
92 percent similarly think that banning semi-automatic firearms, or so-called "assault weapons," would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime;
Demonstrating the opinion that the best way to combat gun crime is through harsher punishment, 91 percent said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains. Likewise, 59 percent believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed dealers would reduce crime;
Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31 percent agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45 percent disagreed;
71 percent support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions;
82 percent believe gun buy-back or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence;
91 percent support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable;
Likewise, 80 percent feel that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents; and
38 percent believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is the "decline in parenting and family values." This was trailed by "overly lax parole and short sentencing standards" at 15 percent and "pop culture influence" (eg., violent movies and video games) at 14 percent.
"This survey captures the perspective of an audience that has an intimate professional connection to gun policies in our country, yet is rarely heard from as a group in discussions on the issue," said Alex Ford, CEO of the Praetorian Group, PoliceOne’s parent company. "Our standing as the leading online community in the law enforcement market enabled us to gather what we feel is the most meaningful sampling of police attitudes about gun control ever compiled. There is clearly a wide range of opinions regarding this issue nationwide and we believe it’s important for our audience’s voice to be heard."
As PoliceOne’s Ron Avery wrote in his analysis of the survey, most officers of all ranks and department sizes say that to help prevent large scale shootings in the future, law-abiding citizens should be armed, not disarmed. To emphasize his point, consider the fact that just four percent of all respondents think that guns are too"Ironically, four percent is the same meager percentage of Americans who said they thought gun control was a serious issue." prevalent and easy to obtain. Ironically, four percent is the same meager percentage of Americans who said they thought gun control was a serious issue. In fact, despite the Obama surrogate media’s non-stop shilling for his anti-gun agenda, public support for gun control is rapidly ebbing. During the recent terrorist attack in Boston, when the lock-down was imposed and the manhunt underway, how many Bostonians do you suppose were wishing they had firearms in their homes to defend their families?
It is important to note that whenever you see Obama, Bloomberg, Feinstein, or some other public official in a news interview leading another assault against firearms, they do their best to share the podium with the heads of local law enforcement agencies. Next time, take note — the agency props usually represent municipal police departments and not Sheriff’s offices (ignore state agencies, as they are predominantly political). That’s because police chiefs are appointed and sheriffs are elected. If city politicians are against gun ownership (Chicago, Washington, D.C, San Francisco, and New York, for example) and the chief doesn’t agree, he can (and probably will) be fired or demoted by the mayor or possibly by a simple majority of the City Council. This is why you see chiefs and their officers in the background when privileged officials posture against citizen firearm ownership and, by definition, the Constitution of the United States.
As promised, Obama has issued 23 executive orders as part of his and his political allies’ campaign to disarm the American people and strip us of our Second Amendment rights. Obama’s agenda is diametrically opposed to the wishes of most sworn law enforcement professionals. The PoliceOne survey clearly illustrates that, with the exception of political appointees, the vast majority of law enforcement personnel nationwide stringently oppose restrictions on your gun rights — They would rather see greater enforcement of existing gun laws and more severe consequences for crimes involving guns.
And the survey? The nation’s law enforcement professionals have just burst the Left’s anti-gun bubble.
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