92% of police officers: The citizenry is safest when it is armed

According to a new poll, the vast majority of active and retired law enforcement officers agree that a safe citizen is an armed citizen. So who do you trust on this issue, politicians and bureaucrats or police officers?

From the Washington Times:

A national survey of law enforcement shows officers believe many proposed gun control measures — including bans on assault weapons — will be ineffective at reducing violent crime and that legal gun ownership by private citizens would prove a better safeguard.

Among the findings of a survey by the industry website PoliceOne, which tallied responses from 15,000 verified active and retired law enforcement professionals, police overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry and are skeptical of any greater restrictions placed on gun purchase, ownership or accessibility, editor Doug Wyllie said.

The survey found that 91.5 percent of respondents believe a federal ban on the manufacture or sale of semi-automatic weapons would have no effect or a negative effect on the reduction of violent crime. Though a national assault weapons ban is dead in the water, numerous states — including Maryland, Connecticut and New York — have adopted or enhanced their own bans.

The vast majority of officers also believe legally armed citizens are important in the reduction of crime rates.

“It’s my analysis that by and large law enforcement officers favor enforcement of current laws and enforcement against illegal guns,” Mr. Wyllie said. “They also favor responsible, armed citizens in the midst of other civilians out there to help protect innocents from harm.”

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While I’m not shocked at all by the fact that police officers support citizens being able to protect themselves, I am somewhat surprised about how overwhelming the numbers are. 92%? Really? 92% of people don’t like ice cream, for crying out loud. This just goes to show that police officers, who deal with crime every day, understand that when seconds count, they’re just minutes away. They can’t prevent break-ins or theft or rape or murder, etc. They can only hope to respond quickly enough to limit the damage. An armed citizen on the other hand? Yeah, that’s a different story.

The statistics are overwhelming. Crime rates, including violent crime, are much higher in countries and areas that have more gun control. It’s simple: More guns = less crime. Because of this, I think that second amendment advocates need to turn the tables on the gun-grabbers. We need to be asking: Why do you want more kids to die?

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