In this case, I absolutely love saying “I told you so”. I have been saying for quite some time that cops are on the side of liberty, the constitution and the freedom minded, 2nd amendment supporting citizen for some time now. A while back, I tried to assuage your fears when I asserted that Chiefs of Police Completely Misrepresent Law Enforcement. In writing that article, I based my conclusions on my personal knowledge of a large number of cops with whom I have discussed this topic. However, that article was based strictly on my not-so-scientific gut feelings on the topic based on my interactions with a small control group (friends and coworkers).
Well, along comes PoliceOne.com to my rescue, or more correctly to back my claims, with a survey they conducted of 15,000 active and retired (80% active, 20% retired) line level cops. That survey should leave absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind which side the cops are on in the matter of gun control. The conclusion drawn by Police One really summarizes it well:
Bottom Line Conclusions
Quite clearly, the majority of officers polled oppose the theories brought forth by gun-control advocates who claim that proposed restrictions on weapon capabilities and production would reduce crime.
In fact, many officers responding to this survey seem to feel that those controls will negatively affect their ability to fight violent criminals.
Contrary to what the mainstream media and certain politicians would have us believe, police overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry, would like to see more guns in the hands of responsible people, and are skeptical of any greater restrictions placed on gun purchase, ownership, or accessibility.
The officers patrolling America’s streets have a deeply-vested interest — and perhaps the most relevant interest — in making sure that decisions related to controlling, monitoring, restricting, as well as supporting and/or prohibiting an armed populace are wise and effective. With this survey, their voice has been heard.
Please do not buy what Obama, his minions, most progressives and the gun grabbing über-liberal lamestream media are selling! Cops, especially street cops, are realists. We see firsthand the difference that being able to protect oneself actually makes. We see this on a daily basis. No matter what background you come from going into law enforcement, it is hard to deny the cold hard truth when you see it on a daily basis. Rest assured, cops do not want to take guns away from citizens. Cops do not think they can better protect you than you can. Cops DO overwhelmingly support our rights to own firearms.
See the results of the survey yourself here at PoliceOne.com