According to a Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group poll of Americans, more people put their trust in a good Samaritan that is armed with a gun to put a stop to a mass shooting than they do cops or federal agents.
According to a new poll, more people believe that their greatest defense in a mass shooting scenario is a nearby armed American civilian rather than police or federal agents. By 41.8% to 25.1%, respondents selected armed citizens as the greatest protection versus local cops and 10.3% for federal agents. About 22% of respondents selected none of the above.
On who they thought would be best able to guard them in the event of a mass shooting, Democrats and Republicans were polar opposites. A third of Democratic voters (33.9 percent) selected “none of the above.” Local law enforcement was next with 31.4 percent.
Republicans placed a higher value on an armed civilian than local cops or FBI agents. Of the Republican respondents, 70.4% said they would trust an armed American civilian to keep them and their families safe. Federal government employees were voted last by only 1.6 percent of Republicans in this poll.
The survey’s results were released this week, the day after an armed person shot and killed a mass shooter in Indiana. The event happened after the poll was conducted, but it may support a majority of Americans’ acceptance of armed citizens.
This week, a 22-year-old man named Elisisha Dicken became a hero after shooting and killing a mass shooter at Greenwood Park Mall. The attacker, armed with a handgun and rifle, shot and killed three people and wounded two others within only 15 seconds of his first volley of 24 rounds, according to authorities. Dicken was browsing in the mall with his girlfriend when he pulled out his own gun and engaged the gunman. The police praised him as a hero for taking action quickly.
The poll was also conducted after a highly-publicized law enforcement failure occurred in Uvalde, Texas. After an hour and a half, cops shot and killed the mass shooter at Uvalde Elementary School. The gunman murdered 19 children and 2 teachers before being shot.
Last week, a report was released detailing the mistakes of local cops during the tragedy. According to Texas lawmakers, the local police “completely failed to prioritize saving innocent people’s lives over their own safety.”