Police Gun Control Survey: Why a closed-minded approach won't work
A minority of those responding to the survey believe that legislative restrictions on “assault weapons” and magazines would have any effect on the problem of gun violence
“You’ve got to get in there right now! He’s killing people! He’s killing people!”
Cops all over the nation — some who have already heard those words blurted out by folks in sheer terror, and others who are preparing themselves for the moment when they will have to ride to the sound of the guns — have made their voices heard in a sweeping survey conducted by PoliceOne about gun policies in the U.S. and law enforcement’s beliefs about them.
Cops have spoken out on issues of gun violence, gun ownership, and gun control, and (you may find this very hard to believe) they have some strong opinions!
The full breakdown on this section reads:
• Decline in parenting and family values: 38 percent
It would seem that officers responding to the survey believe that increased numbers of dysfunctional families and an increasingly-violent culture increases the risk that unstable individuals may resort to mass murder.
They favor more permissible concealed-carry policies for citizens as well as placing more armed guards and security personnel at key locations.
A minority of those responding to the survey believe that legislative restrictions on “assault weapons” and magazines would have any effect on the problem of gun violence.
The most vocal political leaders have committed the fatal error of problem solving by taking a closed-minded approach, immediately attacking a symptom of the problem (guns), rather than the problem itself (the killers).
If pursued to fruition, their efforts are very likely to create another problem for the nation rather than solve one.
Open-Minded Problem Solving
To solve the problem of the active shooter, our political leaders need to turn away from the podium and toward the officers who have spent a career as solutions looking for a problem to solve and ask what PoliceOne has asked officers nationwide:
“What do you think?”
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