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 Gun Control Advocates WRONG according to Natl. LEO Group 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:12 am 
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

The very foundations of the gun control movement were rocked today by the results of a survey taken by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP). In a nutshell, the survey shows that the nation's top law enforcement officers believe that average citizens can be trusted to responsibly own firearms; that criminals ignore gun control laws; and that concealed carry laws reduce crime.

These revelations come as a stark contrast to gun control movement propaganda that asserts that police officials feel that our streets would be safer if law-abiding citizens were disarmed.

(Specifically, the survey revealed that 93 percent of chiefs and sheriffs felt that citizens should be able to purchase firearms for sport and self defense; 73 percent opposed so-called "one gun a month" laws; 96 percent believed that criminals ignore gun control laws and; 63 percent supported laws that allow citizens to carry defensive firearms as a means to control crime.

"These survey results are important and timely for the law- abiding Illinois firearm owner," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "The General Assembly is currently considering HB2414 which would ban most of the guns owned by law-abiding citizens in Illinois. The legislature is also considering legislation that would shut down most of the lawful gun shops in the state. The supposed justification for these two bills is that they would result in a safer society. Well, based on the chiefs' survey, it would appear that the gun control movement is standing all alone on that assertion."

"I hope that the Illinois General Assembly is paying close attention to what our top cops have to say," continued Pearson. "It's time for the legislature to stop trying to find ways to harass the law-abiding gun owner and start finding ways to keep criminals in jail and off our streets.

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Since 1903, the ISRA has been the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership.


OFCC has obtained the full survey questions and answers showing not only NACOP's opinions on gun control, but a myriad of other topics as well. The following is reproduced with permission.


17th ANNUAL NATIONAL SURVEY RESULTS OF POLICE CHIEFS & SHERIFFS


The following survey questions were posed by mail of 22,587 Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs in the United States. It represents a cross section of professional command officers involving every state. The survey was conducted for the 17th consecutive year by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. (321)264-0911. www.aphf.org, policeinfo@aphf.org. Permission to reproduce in whole or part is given if credit is given to the National Association of Chiefs of Police © 2005.

QUESTION YES NO
DEATH PENALTY
1. Do you believe the death penalty serves as a deterrent to certain types of crimes? 88.1%
2. Do you believe that when a law enforcement officer is feloniously killed in the line of duty that the penalty upon conviction should be death? 96.5%
FIREARMS
3. Should any law-abiding citizen be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense? 93.6%
4. Within the past year, has your agency been called upon to arrest anyone who has made a false statement on an
application to purchase a firearm? 92.2%
5. Should anyone (such as a convicted felon) in violation of state or federal firearm possession laws, be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney and, if convicted, receive a maximum prison term? 89.7%
6. Do you believe law-abiding citizens should be limited to the purchase of no more than one firearm per month? 72.8%
7. Do you maintain that criminals currently are able to obtain basically any type of firearm by illegal means? 96.1%
8. Do you believe the application & training process to allow commerical airline pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit is too restrictive and burdensome? 53.6%
9. Will a national concealed handgun permit reduce rates of violent crime as recent studies in some states have already reflected? 63.1%
MEDIA
10. Do you believe the media (TV, radio and print) is fair and impartial in reporting the news? 93.2%
11. Does your agency have at least one officer assigned to handle media requests? 70.9%
TERRORISM
12. Has the federal government provided or offered your department training to meet the increased threat of terrorism in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001? 70%
13. Has your department participated in any state or local terrorism response simulations? 50.8%
14. Will foreign or domestic terrorist threats or acts increase in this country in the next year? 86.6%
TECHNOLOGY/EQUIPMENT
15. Do you think anyone convicted of a felony should be required to provide DNA samples to becataloged in a manner similar to current practices of fingerprinting? 93.6%
16. Does encryption technology - the ability to allow electronic messaging to be private and untraceable - hamper law enforcement’s investigative efforts? 77%
17. Does your department require every officer to wear a bullet-resistant jacket while on duty? 64.7%
18. Does your department have video equipment in every on-duty patrol vehicle? 59.6%
19. Does your department issue digital cameras for officers’ use? 70.8%
20. Does your department have a computer in every on duty patrol vehicle? 71.5%
21. Does your department use tasers? 71.2%
DRUGS
22. Should marijuana be legalized in the United States for those who have a legitimate medical need for the drug? 58.8%
23. Have you seen an increase in the abuse of OxyContin and other Schedule II Narcotics in your community? 68.9%
24. Has the national war on drugs, which has been going on for more than 15 years, been successful in reducing the use of illegal drugs? 78.1%
25. Do you think the decriminilization of “soft drugs” would allow more resources for violent and property crime management? 72.2%
HOMELAND SECURITY
26. Has the current increased threat of terrorist acts and heightened security made it more difficult to obtain new recruits in your department/agency? 92.7%
27. Have you observed more cooperation between federal and local agencies in the past year? 69.7%
28. Is the current “color-coded” terrorist threat level an effective way of informing the public of threats to homeland security? 66.2%
OTHER
29. Does your department have a written and enforced policy against racial profiling? 67.3%
30. Does your department currently have at least one active canine unit in force? 70.8%
31. If a one-time grant along with matching funds from your community were offered by a non-profit police organization to fund the purchase and initial training of a canine, would your department be able to maintain the ongoing expense in future years? 56.8%
32. Do you feel “civilian review boards” are an effective method of handling citizen complaints against law enforcement officers? 76.5%
33. Does your department provide “sensitivity training” for its officers? 58.7%


The following survey questions were posed by mail of 22,587 Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs in the United States. It represents a cross section of professional command officers involving every state. The survey was conducted for the 17th consecutive year by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. (321)264-0911. www.aphf.org, policeinfo@aphf.org. Permission to reproduce in whole or part is given if credit is given to the National Association of Chiefs of Police © 2005.


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