62% say if they were a Chief or Sheriff they would refuse to enforce new federal laws
April 10, 2013
In a national survey of members of one of the largest groups for law enforcement professionals, an overwhelming majority of active duty and retired officers said that the Obama administration’s gun control proposals will either have no effect or will make things significantly worse.
In the survey conducted by PoliceOne.com, a stunning 85 percent of law enforcement professionals said that in their opinion, a federal ban on assault weapons would have no effect on crime, and would likely have a negative effect on their safety.
When asked whether a federal ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime, 96 percent of law enforcement professionals said no.
The survey also revealed that nearly three times as many former and active police believe that a federal ban would exacerbate violent crime rather than help to reduce it.
In addition, twice as many believe that they will be less safe than more safe because of the gun control provisions.
When asked what they thought was the best course of action to prevent incidents such as the recent Sandy Hook school and Aurora Theater shootings, almost one third of law enforcement professionals said “more permissive concealed carry policies for civilians.” In addition, 86 percent said that they felt a legally armed citizen could have reduced casualties at both incidents.
Furthermore, a huge 91 percent said that they support concealed carry by honest/screened citizens, and a massive 80 percent of respondents also said they supported arming school teachers and officials with guns.
“Contrary to what the mainstream media and certain politicians would have us believe, 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.” said Doug Wylie, editor of PoliceOne.com.
As we have reported, many law enforcement officials have stated over recent weeks that they would refuse to enforce federal gun control laws. The Police One survey addresses this, with 71 percent judging the refusals to be favorable or very favorable. Only seven percent of the responding officers said that they found the refusal statements from Chiefs and Sheriffs’ to be “very unfavorable.”
In addition, a majority of 62 percent said that if they were a Chief or Sheriff they would refuse to enforce the new laws. Only 18 percent said they would happily enforce new gun control laws.
“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.” Ford added.
The survey, which received over 15,000 responses, proves that police, first responders and those who deal with gun related crime every day are firmly against further government gun control, believing it would be detrimental to public safety, in addition to their own well being.
Despite these facts, the Vice president would have the nation believe that the only people opposed to the administration’s gun control policies are tin foil hat-wearing nut jobs.
The poll shows, without a doubt, that law enforcement professionals strongly believe that an armed citizenry is much more effective in reducing crime than any federal government restrictions to the Second Amendment.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.