When Everytown released a report of the school shootings since Sandy Hook, they released a map of 74 incidences and the president quoted those findings when he said, “It happens now once a week. And it’s a one-day story.”
When I heard that, I shook my head because it just didn’t sound right. I haven’t been mourning a school shooting like Sandy Hook every week and I haven’t taken any of them lightly. When I looked around, I saw reports that the number 74 wasn’t accurate at all. There are other gun related incidences included in that number and all that report did was skew our perspective, mislead the public and give gun control advocates false fuel for their fires.
In an article released by CNN, only 15 school shootings have taken place similar to Sandy Hook meaning that it was “a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school.” The other 59 concern “personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals.” That means that 59 of them don’t even fall under what we consider a school shooting.
Even though 15 school shootings is heartbreaking and a number way too high, why isn’t the truth ever good enough in reporting? Most of the information we are spoon fed these days has skewed information. Most of the articles that are written are motivated politically and don’t provide the public with an accurate view of what is actually happening in the world around us.
In the interest of being real and honest, I would like to present a different picture. I would like to present a picture of how Law Enforcement Officers actually feel about gun control legislation. The findings might surprise you.
- I was very interested to find that 95% of all Law Enforcement Officers surveyed felt that a Federal ban on the manufacture or sale of mags that hold over 10 rounds would NOT reduce violent crime.
- In another interesting finding, 71% felt that a Federal ban on semi-automatic weapons would NOT reduce violent crime.
- But even more interesting, over 20% felt that a Federal ban on semi-automatic weapons would have a NEGATIVE effect on reducing violent crime. In other words, almost all of them are against a ban on semi-automatic weapons and a good number of them believe that it will make their jobs more difficult and actually put them in greater danger.
- Over 60% surveyed feel that current gun control legislation won’t make them any safer. But more than that, almost 25% of them feel the current legislation will put their lives in greater danger.
- In a very interesting finding, 70% of Law Enforcement Officers would not enforce such laws anyway.
- But in what I consider the most important finding, almost 90% believe that casualties would be decreased if armed citizens were present at the onset of an active-shooter incident.
The report goes on to include that over 80% of Law Enforcement Officers support arming teachers and administrators if they were willing to go through official training. It was also awesome to learn that rather than create more laws, they feel placing stricter punishments on laws already in place would have a considerable positive impact.
Feel free to look through the findings yourself, PoliceOne’s Gun Control Survey: 11 key lessons from officers’ perspectives. Draw your own conclusions. But, this is what I’m starting to see. Gun control advocates are willing to lie to the public to get the results they want. But, those results won’t solve the problem. Listen to the experts! Our Law Enforcement Officers just might know what they are talking about when it comes to this issue.
By the way, how about a map that shows incidences in which a gun stopped crime or was used successfully in self-defense? It’s almost 100 times more. In fact, it’s 78 times the amount of shooting incidences since December 14, 2012 when Sandy Hook occurred. Not 78 more times, as some people would rather read that. But, multiply 15 by 78. That many times! But, we won’t see that one circulating the internet in all major news sites. When will it stop being so obvious? The following map is provided by Guns Save Lives and you can look through every incident accounted for since August 1, 2011 here on this Google Mapping Resource.