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Bryan Preston


April 11, 2013 - 2:48 pm

President Obama has a habit of using police officers as props while he promotes his gun control policies.

He did it in February in Minneapolis, MN.

He did it this month in Denver, CO.

But what do police officers really think about the president’s gun control proposals?

One of the president’s proposals is banning so-called high capacity magazines. By high capacity, Obama and his allies typically mean any magazine (which they frequently incorrectly call “clips”) that holds more than 10 rounds. New York State took a more extreme position, banning magazines that hold more than 7 rounds.

According to a survey of 15,000 US police officers, rank and file cops overwhelmingly believe that banning such magazines will not reduce violent crime.

The survey was conducted by PoliceOne. It provides no cover for the Obama White House to continue using police officers to push for its gun policies.

In fact, a heavy majority in the survey believe that Obama’s proposals will not even make police officers themselves any safer.

Forty-four percent say that if more restrictive gun laws are passed, they would join other officers and the public and either not enforce those laws or even vocally oppose them.

In what may be the most unsettling result for gun control advocates, a larger number of police officers believe that making concealed carry laws more permissive will have a more positive effect on preventing large scale mass shootings than any other available choice, including more laws banning “assault” weapons. Banning “assault” weapons was the least popular choice.

More than 90 percent of the officers surveyed said they believed there would be fewer casualties at mass shootings if an armed citizen had been present.

Question 29 will bring even more unwelcome news for gun control advocates, as well as those who blame violent video games for mass killings.

What’s the legislative solution to that, Democrats?

Read the whole survey here, and note well its conclusions.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If you think that gun confiscation will control crime maybe you need to visit Australia. They had 100% gun taking and they now have more crime than ever before. Hmmm Thieves and other crooks love an unarmed population, Duh...
1 year ago
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As Rahm Emmanuel iterated, never ever let a crisis go to waste. This outrage is nothing more than political theatre playing on emotions to further restrict the 2nd amendment. Once weapons are confiscated, a totalitarian form of government will replace our Constitution since we, the people, will not have the means to defend against it; and we will devolve into the Russia of old. Welcome Agenda 21, hive mentality, and nanny control from cradle to grave where individual excellence, responsibility, and innovation are discouraged if not outright banned. Of course, if you happen to be one of the appointed Marxist, elitist progressives of the ruling junta, all is good.
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In the past two decades, drugs such as Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, have become the medications of choice used in treating an ever-expanding list of mental illnesses from anxiety to depression. These medications belong to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). In one out of every 25 children taking it, Luvox causes mania, "a psychosis characterized by exalted feelings, delusions of grandeur…and overproduction of ideas." As more and more people are given SSRIs to combat depression, mounting evidence suggests that the side effects of SSRIs can lead to violent behavior and suicide. Other documented side effects of SSRIs include agitation, anxiety, instability, confusion, hallucinations, hostility and psychosis.

The over diagnosis of mental illness among our youth and the resulting over prescription of powerful psychiatric drugs is at epidemic levels.
If one examines mass shootings over the past two decades, very troubling parallels become apparent. Our mental health system, Big Pharma and politicians who cynically ignore the facts bear the responsibility, not inanimate objects. Dylan Klebold (Columbine) was taking Luvox. Cho Seung-Hue (Virginia tech) had a history of being medicated with Paxil. James Holmes (Aurora theatre) was under psychiatric care and at least 2 prescriptions (anti-hallucinogenic anti depressants). Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood) was a psychiatrist and prescribed himself a variety of anti-depressants. Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook) was under psychiatric care and we are now discovering evidence that indicate that Fanapt and Paxil were among his medications.

And our leaders still focus on magazine size? If they REALLY wanted to address the root cause of this type of violence they don't have to look far.
1 year ago
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Seung-Hui Cho, The Virginia Tech guy who killed 32 was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum as a child.

Why can't the media even address stuff like this, when we are rushing into making new laws?

Actually, I already know the answer.
1 year ago
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Both the Aurora and Newtown shooters were likely on the Autism spectrum, which the media ignores because it is not pc to discuss and it wouldn't further the gun control narrative.

The Newtown shooter may have been diagnosed or was self-diagnosed with Aspergers, and the Aurora guy was, based on his description, but this of course is vehemently opposed by AS rights proponents, or whatever they are.

When they are used as reasons to fundamentally change the laws of the land, however, we should look more closely at what we are dealing with.

It is only fair.

I have AS in my family and work with AS individuals.

1 year ago
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wonder where did obama and holder get all those 'assault weapons' they sold to the mexican drug cartels? they used stimulus (tax) $$ to pay for them. two Americans and hundreds of mexicans have been killed by 'assault weapons' this prez/a.g. secretly sold to these murderers. he then hid behind executive privilege (illegally) to stop rep. issa's investigation. wouldn't hand over documents. so, it is a fact that we are letting known illegal gun runners (who aided mass murderers) drive an unconstitutional agenda to get our guns.

it feels like I just woke up in a bizarro world full of halfwits who won't speak about anything these criminals have done, or how they are stomping on our constitution they took an oath to uphold.

oh, and while we are at it, does it seem strange to anybody else that the little party prez. mostly wants to grab the long guns that are seldom used in any crimes? (3%?) the very type guns patriots may need to defend our country against despots and such.

looks like prez. party animal was just waiting for a sandy hook to jump on gun control. we have been saying (since f & f) that he was waiting for an excuse to try a gun grab. we were right about f & f. looks like we were also right about his coming gun grab. and now they say we are wrong about his motives? yeah, keep sipping that Kool-Aid. whatever they get passed will be morphed into a total gun grab in no time. that's how crooked lawyers work.
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