Gun control advocates and the Obama administration continue to use rhetoric that a majority of people want stricter gun control laws. It is relatively easy to shoot holes in their math, but we thought it would be better to look at the poll results from over 15,000 law enforcement personnel. They paint a much different picture with an overwhelming majority showing strong opposition to gun control legislation.
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Here are some highlights of the survey:
- About 96 percent said that a ban on standard capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime. [question #6]
- More than 81 percent said that “gun buy-backs” do not reduce gun violence. [question #16]
- 80 percent said that a ban on private transfers of firearms between law-abiding citizens would not reduce violent crime. [question #7]
- 71 percent said that a ban on “assault weapons” would have no impact on reducing violent crime. 20.5 percent said it would actually have a negative impact. [question #5]
- Over 70 percent opposed the idea of a national database of legal gun sales. [question #11]
- More than 60 percent said that the passage of Obama’s gun control legislation would do nothing to improve officer safety. Nearly 25 percent said it would actually have a ?negative? impact [question #4]
- More than 76 percent responded with either a 4 or 5 when asked on a scale of 1-5 how important legally armed citizens are to reducing overall crime. [question #20]
- 80 percent believe legally armed citizens can reduce casualties in incidents of mass violence. [question #21]
- More than 91 percent stated they supported the Right-to-Carry by law abiding Americans. [question #19]
- More than 76 percent support the arming of trained and qualified teachers or administrators who volunteer to carry a firearm. [question #23]
- 38 percent said that the decline in parenting and family values is the biggest cause of gun violence in the US with 13 percent saying it is attributed to pop culture influence (ex. violent movies and video games) [question #28]
Let’s dive into the details taken directly from the published report. You can download the entire report here.