Unless you’ve been away on a retreat since before Christmas, or perhaps been abducted by aliens, you’ve probably noticed that the debate over “Gun Control” has been front & center in the news for months now.
The reason behind the flood of stories is terrifyingly simple: the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary. Twenty children and 6 adults lost their lives that day. Innocent victims of a deranged man, who, reportedly targeted THAT school because of revenge over incidents of bullying when he was a student there. A plan made more possible by the fact that Mr. Lanza KNEW the school was a Gun Free Zone, and he’d be met with little-to-NO resistance.
That last little tidbit seems to have been conveniently FORGOTTEN by President Obama, Senator Reid, et al. And, in the true “Alinsky” fashion of never letting a crisis go to waste, the Left has made this tragic event the focal point of their attack against the 2nd Amendment:
“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
And attack, Obama-&-Company have done.
In speech after speech, the Leader of the Free World and his cronies have argued against one of our nation’s most basic and treasured rights. And just as often, they’ve used lies and distortions as essential elements of their so-called “argument”.
During this seemingly endless firearms grab-a-thon, one of Obama’s more galling tactics has been his repeated use of kids, teachers, grieving parents, etc., as human props during his speeches, in order to lend visual support and create the all-important “air of moral authority”. Recently in Colorado, Barack was at it again, this time bloviating on gun control against a backdrop of law enforcement personnel.
The reaction from those involved, was, shall we say, …”mixed”?
It made me wonder: What DO law enforcement folks think about “Gun Control”? When I ran across this article on the “The Blaze“, I got my answer.
Ever hear of PoliceOne? From their site:
“With more than 1.5 million unique visitors per month and more than 450,000 registered members, PoliceOne is becoming the leading destination for Law Enforcement professionals.”
Over a nine-day period in March 2013, PoliceOne asked 15,000 VERIFIED active and retired law enforcement professionals a series of 20 questions about their views on “gun control”. You can see the full survey here, but here’s just a few of their answers…
Question: What effect do you think a federal ban on manufacture and sale of some semi-automatic firearms, termed by some as “assault weapons,” would have on reducing violent crime?
Answer: NONE (71%)
Question: Do you think a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime?
Answer: NO (95.7%)
Question: Do you support the concept of a national database tracking all legal gun sales?
Answer: NO (70%)
And finally, my PERSONAL favorite:
Question: On a scale of one to five — (1 being LOW and 5 being HIGH) — how important do you think legally armed citizens are to reducing crime rates overall?
Answer: (either 4 or 5) 76.4%!!! Over 3/4 of the respondents understand that a legally armed populace REDUCES crime!
Of course, maybe we shouldn’t pay attention to these folks. After all, they only see the worst gun violence on our nation’s streets, …every day…, so what could they possibly know, right??
In that case, I suppose we could always ask the OTHER “experts” what THEY think about gun control…