In 2021, the most cops ever were shot, a number which includes 314 officers according to the National Fraternal Order of Police. A startling 95 were shot in so-called “ambush-style” attacks.
After Democrats encouraged a crime surge across America in 2020, things have quickly spiraled out of control. Anti-police sentiment, stirred up radical Democrats pushing the #DEFUNDTHEPOLICE have put a target on the back of officers. Audrey Conklin reports for Fox News:
The National Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers, on Wednesday reported a record number of police officers shot and killed in 2021.
As of Tuesday midnight, the FOP recorded 314 officers shot in the line of duty — 58 of whom were killed.
“We are on pace this year to see the highest number of officers shot in the line of duty in one year ever recorded,” FOP president Patrick Yoes said in a Wednesday statement.
“We’ve already had more officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire this year than any other — and there is still one month left.”
Additionally, the FOP recorded 95 ambush-style attacks so far this year – a 126% increase compared to 2020 – that resulted in 119 officers shot, 28 of whom were killed.
“There is no doubt that the recent erosion of respect for law enforcement has fueled more aggression towards police officers than what has been seen in previous years,” Yoes continued. “As violence continues to be aimed at law enforcement, our officers continue to show up every day to keep the communities they serve safe. These men and women run toward danger to protect the public when everyone else is running away.”
The FOP president then called on Congress to “address the terrible violence targeting our law enforcement officers and pass the ‘Protect and Serve Act’ to better protect the brave men and women who wear the badge and send a clear message to those who would seek to do them harm.”
The bill introduced by more than a dozen Senate Republicans earlier this year would make it a federal crime to knowingly cause or attempt to cause injury to an officer.
Gun Control Not Stopping Crimes
How much does crime go down when the avid gun-control crowd gets what they want?
It turns out, not much—if at all.
Massachusetts already had some of the strictest anti-Second Amendment laws in the nation, including requiring ID cards to purchase, magazine capacity limits and bans on certain AR-type rifles and accessories, background checks for private sales, fines for not reporting stolen firearms, and much more.
As a may-issue state, local law enforcement has complete discretion over who can and cannot lawfully carry a concealed firearm.
Nevertheless, according to one academic who studied the impact, all those rights-infringing laws did little to curb crime.
Dr. Janice Iwama, an assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology at American University in Washington, D.C., looked at the effects on criminal activity in the two years following passage of new laws and concluded there was “no immediate impact on violent crimes.”
To measure effects of the Massachusetts laws, Iwama pulled records from a statewide database of gun licenses and transfers, and compared them against the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports to find any reductions in common categories of violent crime. Her results showed “no significant association found between murder, rape or aggravated assault and the passage of the 2014 Massachusetts gun legislation.”
There was a measurable effect in robberies—but not the one they were looking for. “For every one percentage point rise in denied licenses and denied licenses due to unsuitability,” Iwama writes, “robberies increased by 7.3% and 8.9%, respectively.”
In other words, the only real-world effect of the Massachusetts gun laws was an increase in robberies. Iwama doesn’t assert causation, but it’s obviously not a desired outcome, and the findings show what happens when criminals believe their victims are likely defenseless. It may also bolster the idea that criminals disregard the law, by definition, and will simply steal their firearms to perpetrate crimes. This is supported by Department of Justice research that shows “among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense, less than 2% bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show and 40% obtained their firearm from an illegal source.”
The “unexpected” findings, Iwama reasons, may be due to inconsistent or weak enforcement, or they might need to change in the coming years; of course, two years is a decent amount of time for such laws to manifest results, if the results are to reduce crime. And of course, the NRA has been saying for years that we need to enforce existing laws that target criminals, not law-abiding citizens.
But, says Iwama, published literature shows that even the “popular” infringements show limited evidence for decreasing violent crime or suicides. “Despite arguments from both sides of the gun debate,” she writes. “There is inconsistent evidence on the effects of gun legislation in the United States.”
Action Line: If you’re an American who has been holding off on purchasing a firearm and getting the proper training you need to defend yourself, now is the time. You must work to increase your and your family’s personal security in the days to come. If you can’t seem to find the time or need help making your safety a priority if you’re serious, I can help you beat inertia and take the necessary steps. If you need a monthly reminder to get in gear and do what’s necessary to keep your family safe and prosperous, click here to sign up for my free monthly Survive & Thrive newsletter. I’ll help you break inertia and achieve your goals, but only if you’re serious.
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