Saturday, March 04, 2006

17th Annual Survey of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs

National Ledger - 2006 Police Chiefs Poll: Terrorism, Gun Control, Drugs I do love statistics, and although there aren't a lot in the news article, they were kind enough to provide a link to the organization that hosts the survey results.

survey results. This is a PDF (You have been warned!) National Association of Chiefs of Police © 2005.

Some selected questions and the results of surveying 22,587 Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police.
Should any law-abiding citizen be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense?93.6% said YES
Do you believe law-abiding citizens should be limited to the purchase of no more than one firearm per month?72.8% said NO
Will a national concealed handgun permit reduce rates of violent crime as recent studies in some states have already reflected?63.1% said YES
Do you believe the media (TV, radio and print) is fair and impartial in reporting the news?93.2% said NO

I included the statistic on media truth-telling and bias because I find it interesting that a group of people who routinely deal with the media, find them to be so completely unreliable. That and I love to bash the MSM.

By and large, law enforcement knows what limitations they are operating under. They cannot be on every street corner. They cannot watch over every domestic violence victim 24 hours every day. They understand that people confronted with violence, need to to be able to defend themselves, from one or more attackers, until help can arrive. In most cities, a 911 call response is measured in minutes, which is plenty of time for horrible things to happen. And this assumes that the victim has a chance to call 911 before the crime is committed.

Law enforcement is on the side of the Second Amendment.

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