03/04/2013

Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

Gun policy in America: Where do you stand?

PoliceOne has launched a comprehensive survey of American law enforcement officers’ opinions on the topics gripping the nation’s attention

It’s been the big talking point across the country for weeks — and now we want your opinion on gun policy in America.

In the aftermath of the Newtown elementary school massacre in December, the topic of gun policy has risen to the top of the political agenda.

It seems that just about everyone in the United States has sounded off on the Second Amendment, gun control, and violence in the United States today.

But where do you — the men and women who are charged with enforcing the law in this country — stand in the debate?

We’ve put together an in-depth survey for law enforcement officers to add your voice to the debate. With the information gathered, we’ll look to present your perspectives and use the findings as fodder for further discussion of the issues.

You can take the survey here.  You will discover questions like:

What effect do you think the passage of the White House’s currently proposed legislation would have in improving police officer safety?

Should citizens be required to complete a safety training class before being allowed to buy a gun?

How would you respond to more restrictive gun laws?

We’re conducting this comprehensive survey principally because just about everyone has sounded off on the Second Amendment, gun control, and violence in the United States... but the voice of the police officer has been glaringly absent.

We have, here in the PoliceOne ranks, cops who work in departments with fewer than 10 sworn, as well as those whose departments have tens of thousands sworn. We have state, local, federal, and tribal cops. We have every rank in proportionally-representative numbers of police departments nationwide.

We want to hear from all of you.

So I’d like to humbly ask your help. Please take a few moments to take the survey. We’ll compile the results and share with you what we learn in the coming weeks through a series of ‘infographics’ and expert analysis.

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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