Majority Of Police Think Gun Control Won’t Solve Anything


Another law enforcement organization has weighed in on gun control, with a survey of police officers that strongly indicates the importance of keeping Congress’ hands off citizens’ 2nd Amendment powers.

The nationwide survey, done by last month, reveals that 86 percent of law enforcement officers believe gun-control legislation doesn’t help — and, in fact, harms — their chances of staying safe during potentially violent encounters while on the job.

The survey, which canvassed 15,000 law enforcement professionals, found that most of them disagree that gun-control legislation will do anything to help them fight crime and may, in fact, make their jobs harder. The numbers are overwhelming:

  • 92 percent said banning so-called “assault” weapons and semiautomatic firearms either wouldn’t help reduce violent crime, or would actually make it more difficult.
  • 91 percent said they favor citizens’ right to conceal-carry firearms, so long as they are not former felons or have a diagnosable psychological condition that would make them a danger.
  • 86 percent said legislation Congress is considering wouldn’t help them stay safe in the field.
  • 82 percent said gun buy-back programs or amnesty programs won’t help reduce violent crime.
  • 80 percent said citizens who’d been armed in prior mass shooting incidents would have been able to reduce the number of innocent people who were wounded or died.

Congress is set to take up Democrat-sponsored gun control legislation this week, to the objection of a growing cadre of libertarian-leaning Republican Senators who are threatening to filibuster any bill that makes it to the Senate floor.

Several States, meanwhile, have already gotten the jump on Congress, rushing a litany of strict gun-grabbing laws through their spring legislative sessions in knee-jerk response to a mass murder last December in Newtown, Conn. Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Maryland have all moved to outdo each other in the race to make legal firearms harder to obtain.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Harold Olsen

    “Majority Of Police Think Gun Control Won’t Solve Anything”

    Yet I keep hearing the SOB’s on the left claiming the opposite, that the majority of cops favor tighter gun control and even banning guns of all types, not just the so-called assault weapons. But then, the left uses lies to try to sell their agenda.

    • TGJ999

      Yeah, well, the left has worked for years to own the principle media in this country. What would you expect?

      • Michael Shreve

        The RIGHT, ever believers in freedom, permitted it as an expression of free enterprise, a concept FOREIGN to the left.

    • chocopot

      Yes, they share that trait with the Moslems: lie as much as you want to achieve your agenda. And as has been pointed out countless times, the key word in the term “gun control” is not “gun,” it is “control.” For those who are foolish enough to think that any of these politicians who are for all these new restrictions on the Second Amendment give as much as a single hoot about “protecting the children,” I have a bridge to sell you. Finally, please do read the Second Amendment; there is no provision in there for any restrictions or limitations, which is precisely what The Founders Intended. What that means, in simple terms, is that all gun control laws are unconstitutional. Do not bother telling me that “reasonable” limitations are okay – they are not and there is no language in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights to justify even a single one. If you have a problem with that, then start a petition to change the Constitution; until then, accept the facts for what they are.

      • Jeff

        The 2nd Amendment does not say “Congress shall pass no law” as does the 1st. And the amendment contains the words “well regulated.” How do you possibly read the 2nd Amendment as unlimited? States’ power to regulate guns (who, what type, what power, # bullets, etc.) is implicit (and explicit) in the amendment. Even Scalia, perhaps the most conservative Justice since the New Deal, recognizes there are limits to the 2nd Amendment. The Constitution doesn’t need to be changed; it needs to be read and interpreted by people intelligent enough to recognize it’s not a suicide pact.

        • Steve M

          Actually the “Well regulated” part means that we have a well regulated militia regulated meaning functional in order to supplement the army AND national guard(some people think the national guard is the militia it is not) in times of emergency and the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed while not directly meant to protect our right to own a gun for any reason we want(it still does) but so we the people will always have access to the weapons required to have a functional militia( basically the same types of weapons that would be issued to the standard infantry squad) so full auto and select fire rifles and machine guns should be legal to any law-abiding citizen due to the fact that they would be essential to a functional militia on a modern battlefield.

        • chocopot

          In the terminology of that time, “well regulated” meant “well trained.” And contrary to your belief/interpretation, the government’s power to regulate firearms, ammunition, etc. is not only not implicit, it is nonexistent. I don’t care what judge made what statement or what decision, the intent of The Founders is stated very clearly in the Federalist Papers. There are no restrictions and no limitations intended or permitted. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments, is a statement of rights granted to all men by God and not by government, so government has no right to limit or restrict any of them. Just because government has intervened where it has no right does not make it constitutional. You need to do some reading and some research, as do most of our judges.

        • Michael Shreve

          Permit me to educate you. 1. The MILITIA was, at the time, ALL males age 16 to age 65. 2. Well regulated referrers to the fact the the MEN, who composed the army of the state, were “trained” by local commanders. 3. The PREAMBLE is an explanation of WHY the RIGHT to keep and bear arms could in NO way be infringed. To Whit, doing so would no ONLY infringe the rights of the CITIZEN, but the STATE as well because the STATE would deprived of its militia.

    • Jeff

      If there actually were a God, wouldn’t it be the grandkids of gun nuts like you who get shot in the schools? If all it takes for a Repug to change his mind about gay marriage is a gay son, how would he react to a shooting at his own grandkids’ school? You weigh the life of a grandkid against your relationship with the NRA. What’s the outcome?

      • mnkysnkle

        It’s easy to make a “straw man” for virtually any scenario. After your wife or daughter gets raped and beaten, you can explain to them why it was a good thing they weren’t armed. See how easy that was?? If you are a dem or repub it doesn’t matter. If you flip flop on the issues it shows us instantly that you have no moral character and you shouldn’t be representing our interests regardless if we are pro or con. And if it was my grandchild, I would be asking the killer “why?” instead of blaming it on the NRA. That is “common sense”. What you are advocating is “common nonsense”.

        • Michael Shreve

          Many of our PRINCIPLE evolve over time, none the less, I HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT.

      • Michael Shreve

        A gun OWNER who child was MURDERED said 1. IF I could only have been there with MY gun. 2. If only someone who WAS armed had been there. Needless to say, HE did not pass the Obama tear fest screening

    • mnkysnkle

      Remember when they said 90% of the guns etc……during “Fast & Furious”? Well it’s the same thing with the gun grabbing lies about the 90%. The only truth about the 90% is that 90% of the people wont check the “facts” and trust the administration’s lies.

    • Michael Shreve

      The Majority of Police ADMINISTRATORS and Political Appointees favor stricter gun laws. These are the people who have aquired the LUST FOR POWER.

  • nomoreobama

    it want help, the government needs to leave us alone, I am a gun toting mama, and on a few occasions have needed and thanked God I had it, the cops in my area agree with me

  • American

    Thank you law enforcement officials across this great nation for supporting our 2nd amendment rights! We the people stand with you!

  • John Cherish

    Main stream media reports stories that they have written and are in support of the left political agenda…THEY TELL LIES…and nothing they report is to be believed that would also include reports on the Sandy Hook Shooting there is some evidence out there that suggests it was a staged event to grab guns and in light of Fast & Furious even if it wasn’t staged the government would stop at nothing to further their gun grab even the murder of children

    • $20888627

      John, Sandy Hoax is the latest false flag. Thing is, the NWO didn’t think so many Americans WOULDN’T be fooled by it. They’re so used to people believing Gulf of Tonkin, Waco, Ruby Ridge and 9-11 that I think they were caught off guard by all the people who are awake out there. Obumma has MURDERED 276 Afghani children by drones. Now we’re supposed to believe that he gives a damn about kids???

  • Jeff

    I question the validity of these numbers. Who was surveyed, how were they selected, etc.? Certainly the weak tea being considered by Congress won’t stop nuts from getting guns. When you have 300 million guns in circulation, a lot of them are going to get into the hands of the very people you don’t want to have them. Does that mean we shouldn’t try? Does it mean we shouldn’t make it just a little bit harder for a nut to get a gun than a Sudafed?

    The Repugs are going to filibuster? There’s a news flash. They’d filibuster a declaration the Sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

    • Michael Shreve

      Given that .0003% of the LEGALLY held firearms in the U.S. are misused by LEGAL owners but that CRIMINALS can buy a gun in ANY major city for LESS than pawn shop prices, you argument is spurious at best.

    • mnkysnkle

      Some people should question the validity of their sanity.

  • Average Joe

    Assault Weapons Ban: analysis of comments


  • Average Joe

    Data from FBI site and analysis :

    In 2011, there were 12,623 total murders in the United States
    Broken down as follows:

    6,220 murdered by a handgun
    323 murdered by rifle
    356 murdered by shotgun
    1,684 ,murdered by an unknown type of firearm.
    1,694 knives or cutting instruments
    1,659 other weapons (not firearm, not cutting/knife)
    728 murdered by Hands, fist, feet this category includes being pushed

    You are over 5 times more likely to be stabbed or slashed to death than to be killed by someone using a rifle.

    You are 5 times more likely to be beaten to death with a bat, nun chucks or some other weapon that is not a firearm and not a blade than you are of being killed by someone using a rifle.

    You are 2.5 times more likely to be beaten to death than to be killed by someone using a rifle.

    Link to FBI data on Murders in America 2011

    • mnkysnkle

      Just so you know, murdered, and killed have different meanings. This data also doesn’t differentiate those killed by the police or law abiding citizens protecting their property or murder. I’ve seen the survey, and Larry Pratt tried to point this out to P.morgan while being interrupted by him. You remember; “Your an incredibly stupid man aren’t you?”?

  • r.p

    One can only hope that here in Colorado, “that’s right Colorado……Not Calarada”, there will be a huge turnover in our state legislators in the upcoming election. The amnesty pukes are the same ones as the gun grabbers, and the same ones who want to give the federal government the authority to impose unconstitutional laws and arrest our sheriffs who defend our constitution, and the same ones who recently gave tuition breaks to illegal aliens and established a safe haven for illegals here. Hopefully we can turn Colorado back onto the path of a constitutional government. Thanks “left coasters” for Californicating my beautiful state. Y’all came out her to get away from the mess you created and then created the same mess all over again with your uninformed and selfish “what’s in it for me” voting.

    • Michael Shreve

      Colorado received a “wake up call” the question is, will the people of Colorado WAKE UP.

  • disqus_VTX6rANDeE

    the police that stands by the bans are guaranteed to be unionized thugs out to toe the progressive (communist) agenda,simply because there is liable to be another stimulus that they will have their hands out for.