New Poll: Americans Trust Armed Civilians More than the Police to Stop Active Shooters

(Photo: Daily Caller/Convention of States Action)

A recent Convention of States Action poll (see below) reveals that most Americans believe an armed civilian is their best protection during a mass shooting event compared to other personnel, including law enforcement.

The Poll was conducted between July 7, and July 10, 2022. It sampled 1,078 respondents who are likely general election voters. The confidence rating of the poll was 95% and the margin of error was 2.9%.

In total, 41.8% of respondents stated that an armed citizen would be their best protection during a mass shooting event. The next most common response was local law enforcement at 25.1%.

The Daily Caller reports that a clear partisan divide exists in the polling data. Over 70% of Republicans believe that an armed civilian would be their most reliable source of protection. Only 16.3% of Democrats felt the same way.

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Almost two-thirds of respondents indicated that they were confident local law enforcement and/or government officials could stop an active shooter. Approximately, 35% indicated they were “not very confident,” and 26.9% said there were “not confident at all” in state and local law enforcement.

States Action President Mark Meckler explained in a press release that “police failures in the recent shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, may have influenced respondents.”

“Americans watched in horror as an active shooter was permitted to rampage through a school while the police stood outside and did absolutely nothing,” observed Meckler.

“Over and over again, citizens are given the clear message that — when it comes to protecting loved ones — you’re on your own. At the same time, we’re told guns are the problem and we should give up our right to self-defense,” Meckler said.

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About the author: John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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  • RR July 25, 2022, 10:51 am

    When Seconds count, the police are Minutes away!

  • Bones July 24, 2022, 7:06 am

    Not sure I trust anyone in particular.Seen a lot of dumb people with and using firearms.But obviously there some competent people out there.Just a lot less than we think! What exactly was the 2 nd amendment designed for ? Personal protection ?..it has now gotten harder to protect ourselves now that millions of killing machines have been allowed to be circulated after the lapse of 1994 ban by W and the republicans in 2004.the constitution clearly leaves open regulation of firearms..hence the line a well regulated militia…I wish I didn’t have to carry a firearm everywhere to protect me and my family!..but it is the stupid reality that those dummies have left us with!Because any nutjob…an 18 yr old who can’t buy booze..a loser with no mental evaluation or skill set or training …can leave many of us at their mercy ..is MF pathetic..and we all have been let down by the judgement of the nra and its lobbying and ideals..put that in your pipe and smoke it suckers

    • Reticent Rogue July 25, 2022, 10:52 am

      So, it’s trolling that gets you rollin’, with all that time to spare
      And nothing gets you up and at’em like roughing an adversary hair.
      In time you’ll find another way to unwind without being unkind – or,
      Perhaps in your platitudinous, wanton despair,
      You’ll think too hard, call the wrong fellow a retard
      And finally earn your Darwin Award.

  • Hondo July 22, 2022, 3:46 pm

    You need someone to write a report or perhaps shoot your dog ? Call a cop then, otherwise I would suggest you be responsible for your own personal safety.

  • John Boutwell July 22, 2022, 10:42 am

    Law enforcement will be there after the crime has been committed.
    Your safety is your responsibility.

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