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Police Poll: Armed Citizens, not Gun Control, Will Lower Violent Crime

Police One is a respected independent organization of law enforcement professionals, active and retired. Most are police officers or sergeants. Here’s their take on the current federal legislation:

In a poll conducted by PoliceOne, a majority of law enforcement personnel said universal background checks, “assault weapons” bans, and “high capacity” magazine bans do not make police safer and will not lower violent crime. Armed citizens, on the other hand, do make a positive difference.

In the poll of 15,000 law enforcement professionals, 71% of respondents said an “assault weapons” ban would have zero impact on violent crime. Of those surveyed, 95.7% said the same of a “high capacity” magazine ban, and 79.7% said the same in response to a question on universal background checks.

Over 90% of these law enforcement professionals said “mandatory sentences with no plea bargains” for those who use a gun in perpetrating a crime would reduce violent crime.

When asked if they supported concealed carry laws for citizens without a felony in their past, 91.3% of respondents answered “yes” on “without question and without further restrictions.”

Additionally, 80% of these law enforcement professionals also agreed that casualties at Sandy Hook Elementary would “have likely been reduced” if “legally-armed citizens” had been in the school. Go to http://ddq74coujkv1i.cloudfront.net/p1_gunsurveysummary_2013.pdf for the whole poll and results.

UN Arms Treaty Vote

The U.S. Senate took a role call vote on an amendment to the federal budget (S.Amdt. 139 to S.Con.Res. 8) to uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The amendment passed, 53 Yea to 46 Nay. Not surprisingly, Hawaii’s senior Senator, Brian Schatz, and Sen. Maizie Hirono voted Nay, supporting the Treaty.

It’s very nice when they give us a distinguishing vote like that.

Schatz first revealed himself to HRA years ago when he stepped out of his Hawaii State Representative (1998-2006) role to offer personal testimony against an appropriations bill for development of the public range in Kailua-Kona. He styled himself then as an “environmentalist hunter,” and still represents himself today as a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. HRA has never supported him since. This latest vote just confirms what we already knew about him and Maizie Hirono. He served as Hawaii State Campaign Chair for Pres. Obama’s re-election, so it’s not a surprise that he supports the President’s desire to advance gun control for the U.S. through a UN Arms Treaty.

He’ll have an interesting challenge for re-election, November 4, 2014. Ed Case, State Sen. Will Espero, Colleen Hanabusa, Ester Kia’aina (Deputy Director DLNR), are potential Dem. opponents with Charles Djou and Lingle on the Republican ticket.

Mahalo to HRA member Vernon Okamura for first calling this to attention.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00091