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Guns killed fewer police officers in 2013 than any year since Wild West

In a country where gun grabbers have no problem manufacturing or inflating fears to push their agenda, a new report released by an organization dedicated to law enforcement officers has some good news for police officers, their families, and supporters of the Second Amendment:

Deaths of police officers from firearms are at their lowest point since the frontier days of the Wild West.

copsguns1231newAccording to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, there were 33 firearms-related fatalities of law enforcement officers in 2013, the lowest since 1887.

And in a year marked mainly by the hysteria that followed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of December 2012, as well as the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting in July, the news is particularly encouraging to Americans who prefer facts to emotion when discussing gun rights.

While gun grabbers harp on the dangers of so-called “assault weapons,” high-capacity magazines and supposedly outgunned police, the main weapon used in firearms fatalities for law enforcement were handguns, which were involved in 58 percent of the officer shootings, according to the NLEMF.

What’s most interesting about this is it demonstrates in cold numbers how completely wrong the libs are on gun control – as on most other topics.

First of all, this came in the same year that a survey found huge majority of police officers say gun control measures the Obama administration supports won’t deter crime or make police officers safer.

Second, despite high-profile anomalies, so-called “assault weapons” aren’t the biggest source of firearms violence, handguns are. So what do libs want to ban? The guns they think look scary.

So what gun presents the biggest danger to police? Handguns, the very guns New York police were looking for under the soon-to-be-abandoned “stop and frisk” policy the New York Times, the Rev. Al Sharpton and every Democratic candidate for mayor of the Big Apple attacked as unnecessary and unconstitutional.

But who has to worry about “stop and frisk”? Hint: Not a person with a concealed carry license.

Finally, all of this is happening while gun sales are breaking records and ammunition is flying off shelves around the country  as Americans fear the final years of the Obama governance will bring more assaults on the Second Amendment.

Being a police officer is dangerous work. Attacks by pandering politicians and misguided liberals on Second Amendment rights don’t make it safer.

They just put more civilians in danger.

 

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