Poll: Americans put more faith in a ‘good guy with a gun’ thwarting a mass shooter than the police

By Max Keating

More Americans think that an armed civilian would be their best protection in the case of a live shooting event than anything else, according to a recent Convention of States Action poll.

The poll found that 41.8% of respondents believe that an armed citizen would be their best protection if they were caught in a mass shooting event. Just 25.1% thought that the next most common response—local law enforcement—would be their best option.

There was a clear partisan divide in the poll, however. 70.4% of Republican respondents felt that an armed civilian would provide more reliable protection from a mass shooter than any other source, while just 16.3% of Democratic respondents reported the same.

Nearly two-thirds of voters say they are not confident that their local law enforcement and government officials could stop a violent person before they started a mass shooting. Of all respondents, 35.3% said they were “not very confident,” while 26.9% said they were “not confident at all” in state and local law enforcement.

Convention of States Action President Mark Meckler seemed to imply that police failures in the recent shooting 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. 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 in a press release.

The Convention of States Action poll was conducted in partnership with The Trafalgar Group. It surveyed 1,078 likely voters between July 7-10 and had a margin of error of 2.9%.

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7 thoughts on “Poll: Americans put more faith in a ‘good guy with a gun’ thwarting a mass shooter than the police

  1. “Nearly two-thirds of voters say they are not confident that their local law enforcement and government officials could stop a violent person”

    Could or the big word WOULD stop a violent person. There is no law that they have to and like the fbi knowing 90% of the mass shooters and did nothing.. along with the Fla and Texas
    school shootings where they just stood by while the killings continued. A good guy/gal with a
    gun is your only true hope if you don’t carry.

    • The video is great, and we should all push for federal constitutional carry. Since when does the Bill of Rights or any of the 10 amendments say that they stop at some other states borders run by liberals. Clarence Thomas stated in his decision that the Second Amendment will no longer be treated as a second-class amendment and opened the door to review unconstitutional laws passed by dishonest politicians, including the outlawing of standard capacity magazines here in Vermont and other liberal states. States should not be allowed to pick and choose what amendments are valid. The constitution is our law of the land, period.

  2. Poll:
    Americans put more faith in a ‘good guy with a gun’ thwarting a mass shooter than the police,
    and they should, crooks and crazies are running around on the streets doing what they want
    knowing they have free rein as liberals want to ” Defund ” the police, you vote these fools in !!

    This shows, level-headed citizens, waking up !!

  3. The Good Guy with a gun is not Owned by anyone and therefore free to actually save lives.

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