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What cops really think about gun control

Survey finds the overwhelming majority of cops think gun control won’t do diddly-squat against crime.

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Jim Kouri writes for Conservative Action Alerts that PoliceOne.coma leading Internet web site exclusively for federal state and local law enforcement, conducted a survey in early March of 400,000 police professionals from across the U.S. The survey probed the opinions of American law enforcement regarding gun control policies and the root causes of, and potential solutions, to gun crime in the U.S.

The research team received 15,000 responses from law enforcement professionals in agencies and departments throughout America. The respondents comprised a variety of ranks from departments of all sizes, with the majority representing departments of greater than 500 officers. Of those who took the survey, 80% were current law enforcement officers and 20% were former/retired law enforcement.

On April 8, 2013, PoliceOne.com released the results of the survey. The survey answers revealed that the overall attitude of law enforcement is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights, with the belief that an armed citizenry is effective in stopping crime. Among the results:

  • 86% believe the currently proposed gun-control legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety.
  • 92% believe that banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime.
  • The respondents overwhelmingly believe that the best way to combat gun crime is through harsher punishment. 91% said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains. Likewise, 59% believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed dealers would reduce crime.
  • Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31% agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45% disagreed.
  • 71% support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions.
  • 82% believe gun buyback or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence.
  • 91% support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable.
  • 80% believe that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents.
  • 38% believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is the “decline in parenting and family values”. This was trailed by “overly lax parole and short sentencing standards” at 15% and “pop culture influence” (e.g. violent movies and video games) at 14%.

Conservative Action Alerts suggests seven ways you can take action:

  1. Sign the petition and send letters to your state government demanding that they draft legislation declaring federal gun-control null and void. Select here.
  2. Send faxes to 50 state governors demanding that they refuse to sign into law any gun-control bill be they state or federal. Blast faxes.
  3. Sign the petition and send letters to your U.S. Lawmakers demanding that they oppose any and all gun-control bills. Select here.
  4. Sign the petition and send letters to your U.S. Senators demanding that they stand with Sens. Cruz, Lee, and Paul and filibuster the motion to proceed on gun-control legislation. Select here.
  5. Send faxes to U.S. Senators demanding that they stand with Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul and filibuster the motion to proceed on gun-control legislation. Blast Faxes.
  6. Call Senators and Representatives (start-off with calling your own) and demand that they oppose federal gun-control legislation in any way that they can. Find your lawmakers here.
  7. Donate a Facebook post to spread the message. See our pro-gun Facebook banners and then click “SHARE” to share them on your wall or a friend’s wall. Select Here.
~Eowyn

Judge Jeanine: Banning guns doesn’t work

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Minnesota state Democrats introduce bill to confiscate firearms

3 days ago, on Valentine’s Day, in direct contravention of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights of Missouri’s State Constitution, which promises “That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property … shall not be questioned,” Democrats in Missouri’s House of Representatives introduced a bill to confiscate firearms.

HB 545, if passed, will make it a class C felony to manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell, or transfer any assault weapon or large capacity magazine. (See “Constitutional Crisis: Democrats introduce bill to confiscate firearms in Missouri.“)

It turns out that two weeks before Missouri, on January 31, 2012, Democrats in Minnesota’s House of Representatives had introduced a similar bill that bans and confiscates all assault weapons.

HF 241 is “A bill for an act relating to public safety; establishing a crime for manufacturing, transferring, or possessing certain assault weapons; providing for the disposal or registration of existing assault weapons; defining terms; classifying data; clarifying language; providing criminal penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 13.87, subdivision 2; 624.712, subdivision 7, by adding subdivisions; 624.713; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 624.”

Like Missouri’s HB 545, the Minnesota firearms confiscation bill, HF 241, defines “assault weapons” to include semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and semi-automatic shotguns.

HF 241 is sponsored by Democrat Alice Hausman and co-sponsored by Democrats Frank Hornstein, Erik Simonson, Jim Davnie, Linda Slocum, Rena Moran, Raymond Dehn, JoAnn Ward, and Phyllis Kahn.

Demons of MinnesotaTop row (l to r): Hausman, Hornstein, Simonson
Middle row (l to r): Davnie, Slocum, Moran
Bottom row (l to r): Dehn, Ward, Kahn

Depending on which subdivision of HF 241 one is found to be in violation of, penalties can range from imprisonment of 5 to 15 years, and a fine of up to $100,000.

Like Missouri’s HB 545, Minnesota’s HF 241 also exempts all government officials and employees, and members of the military and law enforcement, thereby rendering the State of Minnesota an effective police state.

If passed by the Minnesota State Legislature, HF 241 will become effective beginning September 1, 2013.

Here’s the 11-page HF 241 in PDF format.

As Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit rightly observes:

“THIS IS AN ORGANIZED NATIONAL EFFORT FOLKS…. This is not a coincidence. It is a concerted effort.”

Citizens of Minnesota, contact your representatives in your state legislature! To find out who your rep is, click here.

A big h/t FOTM’s CSM

~Eowyn

NY gun owners plan mass civil disobedience

After years of mass shooting incidents, it took the murder of 20 white school children in a prosperous town — the 5th safest city in America — in a non-crime ridden state to finally jump start the Left’s gun-control agenda into overdrive.

A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the first major legislative action in response to the massacre and the toughest gun control law in the nation. Called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, the main provisions of the law include:

  • Bans possession of any high-capacity magazines regardless of when they were made or sold.
  • Requires ammunition dealers to do background checks, similar to those for gun buyers.
  • Requires New Yorkers who own assault weapons to register their guns with the state.
  • Requires any therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat of harming others to report the threat to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Tightens the state’s description of an “assault” weapon to just one “military rifle” feature.
  • Requires background checks for all gun sales, including by private dealers.

A week later, the state’s assault-rifle owners are organizing a mass boycott of the new law, which promises to be the largest act of civil disobedience in New York state history.

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Fredric U. Dicker reports for the New York Post, Jan. 21, 2013, that Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state, said “I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes.’’

Leaders of some of the state’s 300 gun clubs, gun dealers and Second Amendment organizations are organizing the boycott — and the heaviest interest is in Suffolk County, the Capital District and the Buffalo region, sources said.

Officials estimate at least 1 million semiautomatic rifles are owned in the state. And come April 15, 2014 — when Cuomo is expected to be running for re-election — they all have to be registered with the State Police.

But authorities don’t know who has them or where they are located because the rifles have been legal but unregistered until now.

State officials will be nervously watching the registration figures to see how many gun owners comply, sources said.

“Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that,’’ said a Cuomo-administration source who added that officials expect “widespread violations’’ of the new law. Owners who refuse to register could face a class-A misdemeanor — punishable by up to a year in prison. The unregistered weapon could also be confiscated, which could be worth several thousands of dollars.

National Rifle Association President David Keene told The Post yesterday that he wasn’t surprised by the planned boycott: “While we don’t get involved in campaigns to resist the law, I will say this: Historic experience here and in Canada shows that when you try to force gun owners into a registration and licensing system, there’s usually mass opposition and mass noncompliance. I think it’s going to be very difficult for the governor to get mass compliance with this new law.”

The organizers point to a little-known guarantee of gun ownership contained in New York’s own “Civil Rights Law,” which was ratified the same year as the U.S. Constitution. The state statute says the right to keep and bear arms “cannot be infringed” — words that are stronger than the Second Amendment, which says it “shall not be infringed.’’

“They’re saying, ‘F— the governor! F— Cuomo! We’re not going to register our guns,’ and I think they’re serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,’’ said State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, a member of the NRA board of directors. “They’re taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they’re taking it away.’’

~Eowyn

Chuck Woolery -Trying to Save the Constitution One Amendment at a Time

I think he knocked down every argument in this one.