The vast majority of law enforcement professionals responding to a March survey agree that the rash of recent legislation directed at limiting gun ownership will do nothing to curb gun violence, and may even be detrimental.
The survey, which polled 15,000 current and retired law enforcement officers, was conducted by PoliceOne.com over a 10-day period beginning March 4 according to Fox News. The results should be surprising to to many lawmakers.
Of those responding to the survey, 85 percent felt that the current direction lawmakers were heading in restricting gun ownership would either have a zero or negative effect.
Eighty percent of the respondents agree with National Rifle Association spokesman Wayne LaPierre that the best way to prevent school violence is to arm teachers and administration.
“The American people, and particularly the members of law enforcement, want politicians in Washington to stop pursuing a failed political agenda and get to work fixing our broken mental health system, improving school security and getting criminals off the streets,” said Chris Cox to Fox News.
Cox heads the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
The Fox News report continues:
The results of the survey, released Monday, come as President Obama tries to keep the political momentum for gun control measures going. Last week, he traveled to Colorado and Connecticut – two states that have seen some of the country’s worst mass shootings and responded by passing tough state gun laws. During his multistate swing, Obama repeatedly called on Congress to step up its efforts for universal background checks for gun buyers and limits on large-capacity ammunition magazines.
The fact is, police can’t be everywhere at once, and no one knows that better than the police.
Law enforcement professionals are great are mopping up the scene — collecting evidence, investigating and eventually nabbing the bad guy. But in most cases, they can’t be there to stop the crime.
An armed citizenry is a protected citizenry.
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