Politicians and gun control opponents get a lot of media time laying out their case for stricter access or outright confiscation of firearms in America. But what are the opinions of law enforcement officials?
In March 2013 Police One, law enforcement organization, did an exhaustive survey of police officers and their thoughts on gun control laws. Over 15,000 law enforcement officials answered around 30 questions. 70 percent of respondents are field-level law enforcers.
I’m only posting a few of the results but you can read the rest at PoliceOne.com.
Here is what they found:
1.) (95 percent) say that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime.
2.) The majority of respondents — 71 percent — say a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of some semi-automatics would have no effect on reducing violent crime. However, more than 20 percent say any ban would actually have a negative effect on reducing violent crime.
3.) About 85 percent of officers say the passage of the White House’s currently proposed legislation would have a zero or negative effect on their safety
4.) Seventy percent of respondents say they have a favorable or very favorable opinion of some law enforcement leaders’ public statements that they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws in their jurisdictions. Similarly, more than 61 percent said they would refuse to enforce such laws if they themselves were Chief or Sheriff.
6.) The overwhelming majority (almost 90 percent) of officers believe that casualties would be decreased if armed citizens were present at the onset of an active-shooter incident.