To the editor:
When mass shootings occur, it is the duty of the police officer on the street to respond and deal with the results of the carnage. How do they view the attempts of legislators to pass more gun laws, “assault” weapons bans and smaller magazine capacities?
Here’s what they said in a national survey conducted by PoliceOne.com, an online resource for law enforcement officers across the U.S., with more than 450,000 members. More than 15,000 of them were polled, and here is a sample of the results:
• 80 percent said a law prohibiting the private transfer of guns between individuals would not reduce violent crime.
• 91 percent want stiffer sentences for criminals who use guns to commit crimes.
• 91 percent of them support legal concealed carry of firearms by citizens.
• 76 percent said legally armed citizens played an important role in reducing crime.
• 80 percent felt casualties likely would have been reduced in recent mass shootings if a legally armed citizen had been present.
• 77 percent think favorably of arming school teachers and staff, if they are vetted, trained and qualify annually with their firearm.
Finally, 70 percent polled oppose a national database to track all legal gun sales.
Congress, are you listening?