Law enforcement say they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws!

I stumbled across a survey of police officers taken in 2013 on gun policy (back up copy here). Interesting. Very interesting. There were “15,595 responses from verified police professionals across all ranks and department sizes.”

Here are some highlights:

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?

                                                                                                                                     Response     Response                                                                                                                                       Percent            Count
 

Significant

 

 

   clip_image002[4]                                                                                                    1.6%

 

227
 

Moderate

 

 

   clip_image004[4]                                                                                               6.0%

 

885
 

None

 

 

   clip_image006[4]                              71.0%

 

10,397
 

Negative

 

 

   clip_image008[4]                                                                               20.5%

 

3,004
 

Unsure

 

 

   clip_image010[4]                                                                                                     0.9%

129

                                                                                                                    answered question        14,642

 

6. Do you think a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime?

                                                                                                                                    Response Response

                                          Percent    Count

Yes

 

   clip_image002[6]                                                                                                2.7%

 

391

No

 

   clip_image004[6]   95.7%

 

14,013
 

Unsure

 

   clip_image006[6]                                                                                                1.6%

238
                                                                                                                        answered question   14,642


7. Do you think that a federal law prohibiting private, non-dealer transfers of firearms between individuals would reduce violent crime?

                                                                                                                                    Response    Response

                                                                                                                                      Percent         Count

 

Yes

 

 

   clip_image002[8]                                                                                     11.5%

 

 

1,684

 

 

No

 

 

   clip_image004[8]                  79.7%

 

 

11,663

 

 

Unsure

 

 

   clip_image006[8]                                                                                          8.8%

 

 

1,295

 

                                                                                                            answered question              14,642

 

11. Do you support the concept of a national database tracking all legal gun sales?

 

 

                                                                                                                              Response
                                                                                                                               Percent

Response
  Count

 

Yes

 

 

   clip_image002[10]                                                                   23.0%

 

 

3,334

 

 

No

 

 

   clip_image004[10]                     70.0%

 

 

10,155

 

 

Unsure

 

 

   clip_image006[10]                                                                                     7.1%

 

 

1,026

 

                                                                                                                    answered question

  14,515

 

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?

 

 

 

                                                                                                                         Response
Percent

Response
Count

 

Yes, without question and without further
restrictions

 

 

   clip_image002[4]91.3%

 

 

12,968

 

 

No,
only law enforcement officers should carry
firearms

 

 

   clip_image004[4]                                                                    4.1%

 

 

586

 

 

Unsure/Neutral

 

 

   clip_image006[4]                                                                   4.5%

 

 

646

 

                                                                                                                    answered question

14,200


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:

                                                                                                            Response  Response

                                                                                                                Percent      Count

Innocent casualties would likely have been avoided altogether

 

   clip_image002[6]                                                                               6.2%

 

865

Casualties would likely have been reduced

 

   clip_image004[6]     80.0%

 

11,215

There would have been no difference in outcome

 

   clip_image006[6]                                                                                 4.1%

 

568

An active gunfight might have resulted in greater loss of innocent  lives

 

   clip_image008[4]                                                                                5.5%

 

767

Unsure or prefer not to answer

 

   clip_image010[4]                                                                                 4.3%

 

607

                                                                                                         answered question              14,022

This was what I found most interesting:

14. What is your opinion of some law enforcement leaders’ public statements that they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws in their jurisdictions?

                                                                                                          Response      Response

                                                                                                             Percent            Count

 

Very Favorable

 

 

   clip_image002                                           48.8%

 

7,004
 

Favorable

 

 

   clip_image004                                                                      22.2%

 

3,181
 

Unfavorable

 

 

   clip_image006                                                                                     9.6%

 

 

1,382

 

 

Very unfavorable

 

 

   clip_image008                                                                                        7.2%

 

 

1,029

 

 

Unsure/Neutral

 

 

   clip_image010                                                                                  12.2%

 

1,753

                                                                                                          answered question              14,349

 

15. If you were Sheriff or Chief, how would you respond to more restrictive gun laws?

                                                                                                           Response      Response

                                                                                                             Percent            Count

 

Not enforce and join in the public, vocal opposition effort

 

 

   clip_image012                                         44.9%

 

 

6,440

 

 

Not enforce and quietly lead agency in opposite direction

 

 

   clip_image014                                                                    17.2%

 

2,468
 

Enforce and publicly support the proposed legislation

 

 

   clip_image016                                                                              7.9%

 

1,132
 

Enforce and quietly lead agency in support of legislation

 

 

   clip_image018                                                                           10.0%

 

 

1,440

 

 

Unsure

 

 

   clip_image020                                                                  20.0%

 

 

2,869

 

                                                                                                          answered question              14,349

Over 70% have a favorable opinion to law enforcement not enforcing more restrictive gun law!

Over 60% would not enforce more restrictive gun laws if they were Sherriff or Chief! Less that 20% say they would definitely enforce more restrictive gun laws!

Tell this to the politicians who claim to represent you.

Keep this in mind when you consider your response to more restrictive gun laws.

6 thoughts on “Law enforcement say they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws!

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  2. Two comments:
    “Do you support the concept of a national database tracking all legal gun sales?”
    This database reminds me of the scene in the first Jurassic Park movie where the park personnel were tracking the dinosaurs they knew about to make sure they didn’t lose any, but weren’t tracking the “unregistered” dinosaurs. And we know how THAT worked out.

    “Law enforcement say they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws.”
    Until a situation like Katrina comes up and they’re enforcing it against strangers.

  3. To the Communist Demonrat left facts are IRRELEVANT. They don’t care if
    “Gun Control” makes us safer. They don’t care if LEO support or oppose laws
    that violate the Second Amendment ( though they DO care if LEO refuse to
    enforce those laws). ALL the commie left care about is POWER. And it’s
    amazingly difficult to rule with impunity when your intended victims are armed.
    THAT is why the disarming of America is their NUMBER ONE GOAL. An agenda they have NEVER ceased pushing no matter what the facts, what the political climate or what society wants. ALL that matters is their ability to CONTROL us. Attempting to reason or debate with them about the Second Amendment is POINTLESS because they don’t care about facts or reality. And their sycophantic supporters are INCAPABLE of rational discourse. The cold hard reality is that conservative freedom loving America is at a crossroads. A point in history where a choice MUST be made. We either eliminate the communist left or we LOSE control of the USA to them. We can no longer afford to be nice, to ‘play by the rules’ or to be gentlemanly about the issue.
    Because THEY DON’T CARE about anything but winning at any and all costs.
    It’s the exact same choice we have regarding islam. We either totally eliminate these enemies of freedom or FREEDOM DIES…..along with MILLIONS of Americans who like freedom….but are not willing to fight for, kill or die for it.

      • Working within the boundary of the law no longer functions. The legal system, the voting apparatus, the bureaucracy at virtually all levels is corrupt. We are seeing the evidence of the corruption play out every day
        re” the “Mueller Investigation” etc. etc. ANY recommendations I make that would actually serve the cause of freedom would be in violation of one or more of the THOUSANDS of laws currently in force. As such those wondering “what do I do” must read between the lines. Sadly that is how life is today in the world of the NSA, CIA, FISA etc. etc. Look at what happened to the Bundy clan. The ONLY reason they aren’t getting screwed to the ground instead of just a ( the process is the punishment) garden variety screwing is the prosecution essentially screwed the pooch on such a massive scale that the liberal judge in Vegas couldn’t ignore it and HAD to declare a mistrial. Offering up specific suggestions invites persec err prosecution. Therefore no specifics are offered, but none are really necessary to anyone with a basic understanding of history and reality.

  4. Thanks for bringing this LEO opinion to public attention.

    It is important not only because it illustrates that LEO’s are reluctant to be the operators of confiscating legally owned firearms because of the presumptive backlash, but more importantly because it it shows that LEO’s consider it just WRONG to confiscate legally owned firearms.

    Sure, nobody wants to be the point man who is charged with confiscating firearms; it’s a really great way to begin an outlash against’ confiscation in and of itself.

    More important, it’s just WRONG to attempt a contravention of the Second Amendment. It’s already bad enough that “Bad Men” have guns when “Good Men” often cannot; but it’s worse when the Government attempts to disarm honest citizens.

    The police know that; they are against involuntary confiscation not only because they are the point-men for the exercise, but also because they know the value of the Constitution.

    Until the Liberals can find a group of “men with guns” who are willing to confront other “men with guns”, the whole confiscation thing is a dead letter which will never be delivered. And that’s “A Good Thing!”

    The Good Lord knows that honest Americans will never take part in the Liberals’ “Great Gun Round-Up”.
    As long as Men of Conscience dominate the citizenry, our Constitution remains unfettered … and protected.

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