Americans trust armed citizens more than law enforcement, new poll finds

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By CASEY HARPER | THE CENTER SQUARE

According to a new poll, Americans trust armed citizens more than law enforcement to stop mass shooters.

Convention of States Action, with the Trafalgar Group, published the survey Monday, which showed that 41.8% of voters surveyed “believe an armed citizen would be their best protection if they were caught in a mass shooting.”

Only 25.1% said local police would be their best protection while 10.3% said federal agents. Around a quarter of respondents said “none of the above”.

The poll found that 62.2% of respondents “are not confident that their local law enforcement and government officials could identify and arrest a violent person before they begin a mass shooting.”

The investigation follows the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where law enforcement came under heavy criticism for taking more than an hour to confront the shooter at an elementary school.

“Americans watched in horror as an active shooter was authorized to ransack a school while police stood outside and did absolutely nothing,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. “Time and time again, citizens are given the clear message that when it comes to protecting loved ones, you are on your own. At the same time, we are told that guns are the problem and that we should give up our right to self-defense.

The survey interviewed more than 1,000 likely 2022 voters from July 7-10.

Meanwhile, a shooting at an Indiana mall over the weekend left at least three people dead and 2 injured, but was halted when what authorities called an armed ‘good Samaritan’ killed the shooter. Other cases like these have also ended mass shootings across the country.

“We know someone we call the ‘Good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed,” Greenwood Mayor Mark Meyers said. “This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for their quick action and heroism in this situation.

This story first appeared on The Center Square, a conservative news service, and is used with permission.

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