Diane Fienstein, President Obama, and various other politicians have been giving us their politically driven views on gun control. They have been calling for more restrictions, more control, more power, in order to prevent these crimes. I have sited historic evidence, data, and countless facts to disprove the fundamental concepts behind these well intention, but misguided ideas. Predictably the progressive method of restrict and control, went down in flames in the Senate. President Obama called it a shameful day in America. The progressives did not get what they want, so now they will do nothing more to solve the problem, except blame the GOP and try to use this defeat to ensure that Nancy Pelosi is the next speaker of the house. However, the problem has not gone away, and politicizing this issue further will not resolve the issue. There still is an issue rotting away out the core of country.
I believe we can agree upon the fact that there is a problem in this nation. But it is not our gun rights. The problem is our culture. A man went on a rampage in Texas with an Exacto knife hurting 14 people before someone was able to stop him. Some monster set off bombs made out of pressure cookers at the Boston Marathon. We can restrict gun rights, we can restrict access to knives, we can restrict access to pressure cookers, but bad people will still find a way to do bad things. We must find a way to fix our culture, to actively protect ourselves, rather than hide behind new limitations. We must stop looking at this as an issue of “gun violence” and start looking at it for what it really is, violence. It doesn’t matter if it was done with a gun, it doesn’t matter if it was done with a knife, car, pressure cooker, or baseball bat it is all senseless violence. This violence is not brought about by guns, but by our crumbling society.
I realize that you have no reason to believe me, I realize that to many out there I am just a conservative blogger who must be destroyed at all costs. I have made my arguments, you have made your counter arguments, and we have all listened to the mindless ramblings of countless progressive politicians trying to convince us to give up our liberty for security. Perhaps now it is time to stop listening to those fed off the silver spoon, to stop arguing among ourselves and to start listening to those who who have to deal with these crimes on a daily bases. Perhaps it is time to listen to those who have to help the victims put the pieces of their lives back together after these atrocities Perhaps it is time to start listening to what the law enforcement personal of this nation have to say on the issue of gun control. I have just finished reading a PoliceOne’s Gun Policy and Law Enforcement survey and it has some interesting results.
The survey was conducted from March 4th to March 13th, 2013.
15,595 verified Police Professionals responded to the survey
What the Survey Said:
Question 1: Are you either Current, Former/Retired Law Enforcement?
76.2% responded current
18.7% responded as former/retired
Question 4: What effect do you think the passage of the White House’s currently proposed legislation would have in improving police officer safety?“
3% responded Significant
8.6% responded Moderate
24.6% responded Negative
60.6% responded None
3.2% responded Unsure
Question 5: “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?“
1.6% responded Significant
6.0% responded Moderate
20.5% responded Negative
71% responded None
0.9% responded Unsure
Question 6: Do you think that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime?
2.7% responded Yes
95.7% responded No
1.6% Responded Unsure
Question 7: Do you think that a federal law prohibiting private, non-dealer transfers of firearms between individuals would reduce violent crime?
11.5% responded Yes
79.7% responded No
8.8% responded Unsure
Question 8: Do you think increasing the severity of punishments for gun trafficking, particularly by unlicensed dealers or “straw purchasers” who buy arms for persons ineligible to own them, would reduce instances of gun crime?
58.8% responded Yes
28.7% responded No
12.5% responded Unsure
Question 10: Would requiring mental health background checks on prospective buyers in all gun sales from federally licensed dealers reduce instances of mass shooting incidents?
31.3% responded Yes
44.8% responded No
23.9% responded Unsure
Question 11: Do you support the concept of a national database tracking all legal gun sales?
23.0% responded Yes
70.0% responded No
7.1% responded Unsure
Question 12: How big a problem do you feel gun crime is in your jurisdiction?
16.1% responded Significant
44.1% responded Average
39.8% responded Small
Question 13: Do you believe that use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should result in stiff, mandatory sentences with no plea bargains?
91.4% responded Yes
5.4% responded No
3.2% responded Unsure
Question 16: do you believe gun buyback or turn-in programs can beor have been effective in reducing the level of gun violence?
11.2% responded Yes
81.5% responded No
7.3% responded Unsure
Question 19: Do you support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or not been deemed psychologically/medically incapable?
91.3% responded Yes, without question and without further restrictions
4.1% responded No, only law enforcement officers should carry firearms
4.5% responded Unsure/Neutral
Question 20: On a scale of one to five- one being low and five being high – how important do ou think legally-armed citizens are to reducing crime rates overall:
4.7% responded 1
4.9% responded 2
14.0% responded 3
21.7% responded 4
54.7% responded 5
Question 21: What would help most in preventing large scale shootings in public? Choose the selection you feel would have the most impact: (I only listed the top four)
14.0% responded, Improved background screening to determine mental wellness of gun purchasers
15.8% responded, More armed guards/pad security personnel
19.6% responded, More aggressive institutionalization for mentally ill persons
28.8% responded More permissive concealed carry policies for civilians
Question 22: Considering the particulars of recent tragedies like Newtown and Aurora, what level of impact do you think a legally-armed citizen could have made? Choose the statement that you feel is most accurate:
6.2% responded Innocent casualties would likely have been avoided altogether
80% responded Casualties would likely have been reduced
4.1% responded There would have been no difference in outcome
5.5% responded An active gunfight might have resulted in greater loss of innocent lives
4.3% responded Unsure or prefer not to answer
Question 23: Do you support arming teachers and/or school administrators who volunteer to carry at their school? Choose the statement you most agree with:
76.6% responded Yes, if they are vetted trained, and qualified annually
4.7% responded Yes if they pass a one-time police-level proficiency check
15.8% responded No, only sworn school resource officers should be armed
1.5% responded No, our schools should be considered gun free zones
1.3% responded Unsure/no
Question 24: do you think proposed new legislation setting a limit on magazine capacity would negatively affect you?
67.6% responded Yes
27.2% responded No
5.2% responded Unsure
The police are the people who risk their lives day in and day out defending peace and justice in this country, and should be the first people we turn to when we are trying to learn how to prevent crimes. Politicians live in marble palaces removed from the hardships of the world. Their kids are protected by armed guards; they are escorted by burly men, armed with guns. The police live in the world of filth that has allowed the creation of these monsters.” The police officers of this world wake up every day, strap a gun to their hip, and put a bullet proof vest on. They hug and kiss their family good bye, knowing full well that it is an all to real chance that they might never come home, that this might be the last time they see their family. The actions that politicians make from their marble palaces directly affect the likely hood of whether or not these brave men and women get to hold their kids again. Two of my uncles are police officers, and have told me of some of the things that they have had to deal with. It is for these reasons that I for one value their input above all others into this mater. The wrong action now directly affects their lives. They have seen the world that the criminal lives in, who better to ask about how to bring it down, than someone who has lived in it.
What the police officers have said directly contradicts what President Obama, Diane Fienstein, and countless other progressives have been pushing for sense the first shot rang out in the halls of the Newtown Elementary School.
The progressives call for fewer guns, the Police call for more guns.
The progressives call for limits on magazine sizes, the Police say that it would have no affect on the crime rates.
The progressives call for background checks, The Police say that it would have no affect on mass shootings
The progressives call for restricting the sale of firearms, The Police say that it would have no affect on crime rates
The progressives call for banning scary looking semi-automatic rifles, the Police say that it would have no affect on crime rates
The Police say that arming and training teachers would reduce casualties in mass shootings, the progressives say that such an idea would only lead to massive fire fights and more dead.
The Police say that legally armed citizens reduce violent crime, the progressive paint pictures of wild west shoot outs in the street
The question now comes, do we ignore what the experience of these brave individuals, and pout because the progressives didn’t get what they want? Or do we use their knowledge along with the wisdom of history, and work on finding a way to actually reduce violence in this country? How you respond will say a lot about where you stand.