Gun violence: It’s not what you think. The DOJ just released new data and the media is all but ignoring it.


The overwhelming majority of violence doesn’t involve firearms.

When firearms are used, the overwhelming majority of violence (including mass shootings) is committed with handguns.

The number of nonfatal firearm shootings involving a handgun decreased.


The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice released an overview of firearm violence (link below) from 1993 to 2018. The numbers examined are huge; they apply to today’s crime issues.

This article provides a practitioner-friendly summation of that report.

It starts with an overview of the multi-year reductions in firearm violence.

Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics victimization survey, violence decreased considerably over a 20-year period until 2015-2018 when violence (and serious violence) increased by 28 percent (with decreases in 2019-2020), partially kicking off our current increase in violence.

There was a nearly 30 percent increase in homicides in 2020 based on crimes reported to law enforcement via the FBI. Overall violence increased by 5.6 percent. Media reports indicate considerable and growing rates of violence and fear of crime concentrated in cities in 2021 and 2022.

The 2020 yearly crime reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI are the latest available federal data.

The Bureau of Justice Statics uses a survey (the National Crime Victimization Survey) to collect its data because only 40 percent of violent crimes (including simple assault) are reported to law enforcement.

See Violent And Property Crime In The US for a review of crime statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI.

Considering that the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey doesn’t include homicides (you can’t interview dead people), that data usually comes from the FBI but the numbers in this report are primarily from mortality data in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System based on death certificates in the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) of the National Center for Health Statistics.

Readers are encouraged to read the full report (link below). I provide a brief overview.

Polls vary on the number of firearms in private hands in the United States. The estimates range from 350 to 400 million with the vast majority being Constitutionally protected handguns, shotguns, and hunting rifles.

“Controlling” private firearms is a daunting challenge considering the vast majority of gun violence involves handguns, not commonly discussed assault weapons. Even if handguns were banned (impossible because of Constitutional and court protections) it would take a lifetime for prohibitions to be effective.

I provide a user-friendly summation below. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports need to be read carefully.

Terms used include fatal or nonfatal violence, firearm and nonfirearm violence, and the report seems to exclude simple assaults, the largest category of violence.

I use italicized words for clarity that are mine, not from BJS. I include editors’ notes throughout for clarity. Most of what’s below uses exact but rearranged verbiage from the report.

Nonfatal firearm violence includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault victimizations against persons age 12 or older in which the offender had, showed, or used a firearm.

Quick Overview

The current national discussion regarding violent crime focuses on “gun violence” when the overwhelming majority of violence doesn’t involve firearms (excluding homicides).

The current national discussion focuses on “assault weapons” when the overwhelming majority of violence when firearms are present (including mass shootings) is committed with handguns.

The current national discussion involves an explosion of gun violence where the number of nonfatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun decreased up to 2018 (the final year used for the report). It contradicts the narrative of an explosion in gun violence.

The firearm homicide rate was the highest (by far) for Black Americans. Patterns of nonfatal firearm violence by victim characteristics were generally similar to those for firearm homicides.

The share of Black Americans in nonfatal firearm incidents was higher for both victims and perceived offenders than their share of the population.

40 percent of nonfatal firearm violence is committed by offenders known to the victim.

About 40 percent of nonfatal firearm violence occurred in or near the victim’s home.

Violent and property victimizations involving the theft of at least one firearm declined from 277,700 in 1993 to 125,400 in 2018. It contradicts the narrative that firearm thefts are increasing.

Overall, victims were more likely to suffer physical injury in nonfatal violence without a firearm.

A firearm was used for self-defense in 2% of nonfatal violent victimizations.

The Vast Majority Of Violence Doesn’t Involve Firearms

From 1993 to 2018, an annual average of 8% of all fatal and nonfatal violence involved a firearm. The average percentage of nonfatal violence that involved a firearm was 7%. On average, 71% of homicides were committed with a firearm. During the same period, an annual average of 22% of nonfatal violence, excluding simple assault (editors note: simple assaults are the majority of violence), involved a firearm, including 23% of robberies and 27% of aggravated assaults.

Handguns Power Violent Crime

In 2018, an estimated 7,600 firearm homicides were committed with a handgun. The percentage of all firearm homicides that were committed with a handgun decreased from 82% in 1993 to 64% in 2018. The trend was also consistent for firearm homicides against persons age 12 or older.

As was the case for firearm homicides, handguns were involved in the majority of nonfatal firearm violence.

Though the average number of nonfatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun decreased from 1.3 million in 1993–95 to 432,800 in 2016–18, the percentage of nonfatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun was not statistically different from 1993–95 (89%) to 2016–18 (92%).

Other types of firearms, such as shotguns and rifles, accounted for the remainder of both fatal and nonfatal firearm violence during these periods.

Young Males And African Americans Were Primary Victims Of Firearm Violence

Males were victims of fatal and nonfatal firearm violence at higher rates than females. During 2014–18, an average of 13,200 firearm homicides occurred annually. The overall rate of firearm homicide was 4.8 per 100,000 persons age 12 or older.

The firearm homicide rate was higher for males (8.3 per 100,000 males) than females (1.5 per 100,000 females).

Based on rates among population groups, the firearm homicide rate was higher for black persons (22.0 per 100,000) than white (1.8 per 100,000), Hispanic (4.6 per 100,000), Asian or Pacific Islander (1.2 per 100,000), and American Indian or Alaska Native (6.2 per 100,000) persons.

The rate was also higher for persons ages 18 to 24 (11.6 per 100,000) than for persons in all other age groups. The rate of nonfatal firearm violence was 1.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older during 2014–18.

Patterns of nonfatal firearm violence by victim characteristics were generally similar to those for firearm homicides.

Chart-Homicide Victims

Black Americans Have The Highest Rate of Firearm Homicides

Black Americans Have The Highest Rate of Firearm Homicides

40 Percent Of Nonfatal Firearm Violence Are Committed By Known Offenders

During 2014–18, strangers committed a greater percentage of nonfatal firearm violence than nonstrangers. During 2014–18, the victim-offender relationship and number of offenders were known in 1.9 million victimizations involving nonfatal firearm violence.

Strangers committed a greater percentage of nonfatal firearm violence (60%) than known offenders (40%).

In comparison, strangers committed 39% of the 7.3 million nonfirearm violent victimizations during 2014–18, while known persons committed 61% (editor’s note-thus solidifying the fact that the majority of overall violent crime is committed by someone the victim knows).

Similar to nonfatal firearm violence, friends and acquaintances (35%) committed a greater percentage of nonfirearm violence than intimate partners (18%) and other relatives (8%).

Intimate partners committed a greater percentage of nonfirearm violence than other relatives. Known offenders include persons known to the victim, such as current or former intimate partners, other relatives, and friends or acquaintances. Friends or acquaintances committed a greater percentage of nonfatal firearm violence (25%) than intimate partners (9%) and other relatives (7%).

Your House Can Be A Dangerous Place

About 40% of nonfatal firearm violence occurred in or near the victim’s home during 2014–18. There were 2.2 million nonfatal firearm victimizations. About 40% of all nonfatal violence excluding simple assault occurred in or near the victim’s home, whether it involved a firearm or not.

Theft Of Firearms

Violent and property victimizations involving the theft of at least one firearm declined from 277,700 in 1993 to 125,400 in 2018. The number of victimizations involving the theft of items excluding firearms decreased during this period, from 32.3 million to 12.2 million.

In addition, an annual average of 1% of all theft victimizations from 1993 to 2018 involved the theft of firearms. From 2014 to 2018, about 777,100 victimizations (an annual average of 155,400) involved the theft of at least one firearm.

About 1.2 million firearms (an annual average of 249,400) were stolen during violent, property, and personal larceny victimizations during this five-year period.

Victims More Likely To Suffer Physical Injury In Nonfatal Violence Without A Firearm 

During 2014–18, about 16% of nonfatal firearm victimizations resulted in physical injury. In 9% of all nonfatal firearm violence during 2014–18, the offender actually fired the weapon. In 23% of these victimizations, the victim suffered a gunshot wound (editor’s note: most offenders are wildly inaccurate shooters).

A total of 16% of nonfatal firearm victimizations resulted in physical injury. About 5% of nonfatal firearm victimizations resulted in serious injury (e.g., gunshot wounds, broken bones, or internal injuries), while 11% resulted in minor injury (e.g., bruises or cuts).

Victims received medical treatment in 47% of these victimizations.

Overall, victims were more likely to suffer physical injury in nonfatal violence without a firearm (40%) than in firearm victimizations (16%).

Most Reported To Law Enforcement

Nearly 70% of nonfatal firearm violence during 2014–18 was reported to police. During 2014–18, nonfatal firearm violence (68%) was more likely to be reported to police than nonfirearm violence (49%). Editor’s note, currently, 40 percent of all violent crimes are reported to law enforcement-includes simple assault.

For firearm victimizations that were not reported to police, the most common reason victims gave was a belief that police could not or would not do anything to help (32%). The most common reason victims of nonfirearm violence gave for not reporting to police was that they had dealt with the victimization another way, such as reporting to another official, like a guard, manager, or school official (28%).

Victims of firearm violence (32%) were more likely than victims of nonfirearm violence (20%) to not report to police because they believed the police could not or would not do anything to help. Similarly, victims of firearm violence (15%) were more likely than victims of nonfirearm violence (8%) to fear reprisal for reporting.

A Firearm Was Used For Self-Defense In 2 Percent  Of Nonfatal Violent Victimizations

A firearm was used for self-defense in 2% of nonfatal violent victimizations. The National Crime Victimization Survey collects data on victims’ reactions and any actions they may have taken during the incident. During 2014–18, the victim took no action against the offender or kept still in 37% of all nonfatal violence excluding simple assault.

Other self-protective behaviors included noncombative tactics (31%) (such as yelling, running away, or trying to attract attention) and threatening or attacking the offender without a weapon (25%).

Victims used a firearm to threaten or attack the offender in 2% (166,900) of all nonfatal violent victimizations; the offender had a firearm in 28% of these cases.

In 1% (183,300) of property victimizations during which the victim was present, the victim threatened or attacked the offender with a firearm. However, the victim was not present during the majority (82%) of property crimes.

Offenders Using Firearms

There were 1.9 million incidents of nonfatal violence excluding simple assault—rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault—during 2014–18 in which the offender had, showed, or used a firearm.

The Share Of Black Persons In Nonfatal Firearm Incidents Was Higher For Both Victims And Offenders Than Their Share Of The Population

The share of black persons in nonfatal firearm incidents was higher for both victims and perceived offenders than their share of the population during 2014–18.

During 2014–18, the percentage of nonfatal firearm incidents involving white victims (53%) was smaller than the percentage of white persons in the population (64%).

In comparison, the percentage of firearm incidents involving black victims (21%) was larger than the percentage of black persons in the population (12%).

For offenders, the percentage of nonfatal firearm incidents during 2014–18 with persons perceived by the victim to be white (30%) was half their share of the population, while the percentage with persons perceived by the victim to be black (37%) was greater than the percentage of black persons in the population (editor’s note-12.5 percent).

Nearly twice (1.8 times) as many nonfatal firearm incidents involved black offenders as black victims during 2014–18. In comparison, around half (0.6 times) as many firearm incidents involved white offenders as white victims.


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NSSF: There’s a new trend in business – leaders are waking up to “woke” corporate discrimination

By Larry Keane and our friends at NSSF

A new trend is emerging in the business world.  Business leaders are waking up to the destructive “woke” policies being foisted on businesses by boardrooms more concerned with virtue signaling than their primary responsibility of ensuring corporate profitability and enhancing shareholder values.

In short, the “woke” buck stops here, more corporate executives are saying. Mixing the politics of culture wars with business is a losing strategy.

Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi is leading the charge. He ran McDonalds from 1991-1997, bringing the chain’s McNugget to market and also served on the boards of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Great Wolf Resorts and Snap-on Inc.

These days, he’s launching The Boardroom Initiative, comprised of three conservative advocacy groups — The Job Creators Network, which was founded by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, The Free Enterprise Group and Second Vote.

The goal: get business back to business and out of politics.

“Corporations have no business being on the right or the left because they represent everybody there and their sole job is to build equity for their investors,” Rensi told FOX Business.

Rensi knows how to grow a business. While leading McDonalds, he saw U.S. sales double to more than $16 billion, the number of U.S. restaurants grow from nearly 6,600 to more than 12,000 and the number of U.S. franchisees grow from 1,600 to more than 2,700.

“It is not the providence of board members or executives that take shareholder money profit and spend it on social matters,” Rensi explained. “Corporations should not get involved in social engineering.”

‘Woke’ Banks

Corporate adoption of “woke” policies that attempt to sway public policies on everything from energy investments to the Second Amendment is crippling businesses.

Corporate discrimination is nothing new to the firearm industry. It’s a battle NSSF has been engaged in for years.

Corporate banks are engaged in “woke” discrimination against firearm businesses.

Banks including JPMogran ChaseCitigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have all adopted discriminatory policies unfairly denying financial services to firearm-related businesses simply because they don’t like the products that are lawfully made and sold.

They want gun manufacturers to adopt policies that exceed federal and state law and would deny Americans their Second Amendment rights, including demanding a ban on the sale of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) and standard capacity magazines as well as instituting age-based gun bans that deny law-abiding adults under 21 their complete civil liberties.

The “woke” gun control policies aren’t just embraced by corporate boardroom executives that are unaccountable to American voters. Investor groups and state treasurers have their own pressure campaign to divest state retirement funds from firearm businesses to financially starve them too.

California’s Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, has been active in the divestment game to discriminate against firearm businesses at the cost of their own investors.

Fund managers ignore their fiduciary responsibility to California’s public workers and instead advance a “woke” discriminatory gun control agenda.

As of 2019, these discriminatory policies cost CalPERS over $11 million to cover retirements that is underfunded by as much as $600 billion.

Even the “Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffett isn’t immune to “woke” policies being driven by special-interest investors. Buffett refused to divest Berkshire Hathaway’s funds in firearm company investments in 2018. He told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, “I don’t believe in imposing my political opinions on the activities of our businesses.”

These days, CalPERS is attempting to strip Buffett of his Berkshire Hathaway chairmanship. CalPERS has a .3 percent stake in Berkshire Hathaway and Buffett’s return on investments is nearly triple that of CalPERS over 20 years.

Yet, it’s CalPERS ignores profitable investments for “woke” policies and think they know better than Buffet when it comes to investing.

Connecticut’s Democratic state Treasurer Shawn Wooden announced in 2019 that he directed $30 million in equity investments tied to firearm manufacturers to be divested from the state’s pension fund.

In 2021, Connecticut was rated as having the worst-funded state pension fund in the country. Not surprisingly, Treasurer Wooden announced just weeks ago he wouldn’t seek re-election.

There’s also the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) that purchased nominal shares in Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger & Co. They used their shares to attempt to force Smith & Wesson to adopt a statement on human rights and to make a public accounting of the cost of criminal misuse of firearms.

Their last attempt in 2020 was rejected by shareholders. ICCR teamed with the investment giant BlackRock to force the company to produce a report on the “development of safer firearms.”

BlackRock’s founder and chief executive Larry Fink wrote a letter in January defending investor activism, writing, “Capital markets have allowed companies and countries to flourish. But access to capital is not a right,” Fink wrote to chief executives according to The New York Times. “It is a privilege. And the duty to attract that capital in a responsible and sustainable way lies with you.”

That’s Fink using the power of his purse to tell publicly traded companies to kowtow to “woke” capitalism.

Waking Up

These “woke” policies aren’t just being rejected by business leaders for being destructive to business. Woke politics is being rejected by elected officials.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva rejected “woke-ism” that is wreaking havoc in his county and says midterm elections will be a referendum on their failing legacies. Los Angeles’ “woke-ism” led to record homelessness and out-of-control crime.

“Woke-ism is on the ropes. Let’s put it out of its misery in 2022,” Sheriff Villanueva told Fox News. “My only goal is to make LA livable again.”

When it comes to “woke” gun control targeting the firearm industry, governors and legislatures are standing up. Texas Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott signed the Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination (FIND) Act into law in 2021.

That bill bars states from holding municipal contracts while discriminating against firearm businesses.

Six sitting Republican governors attended NSSF’s first-ever Governors Forum at SHOT Show 2022 and told the audience they wouldn’t tolerate discrimination against gun companies.

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt told Breitbart, “We believe in freedom for businesses, but the distinction is, we will not let a bank do business with the state of Oklahoma and also discriminate.”

FIND Act legislation similar to Texas’s law is pending in Oklahoma. Missouri and Arizona have similar bills waiting for Senate votes. U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) introduced similar legislation, H.R. 6970, in Congress.

That’s in addition to the Fair Access to Banking Act introduced by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) as S. 563 and Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) as H.R. 1729.

Those bills would stop corporate banks from picking winners and losers based on executives’ personal politics. It also protects banks from outside pressure by special interest groups seeking to use the banks as a political weapon to advance their agenda.

Louisiana’s House of Representatives Republican Majority Leader Blake Miguez has reintroduced the FIND Act in his state after it was vetoed last year by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. That legislation has the support of the Republican state Treasurer John Schroeder and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Louisiana’s Bond Commission, on which AG Landry serves, removed JPMorgan Chase from a $700 million gas-and-fuel tax bond series in November 2021, after the bank failed to respond to questions about its firearm lending policies.

It wasn’t the first time Louisiana told banks that the Second Amendment wasn’t for sale. The state barred Citigroup and Bank of America from taking part in a debt offering in 2018, citing their “restrictive gun policies.”

“Woke” capitalism isn’t just bad policy. It is a dangerous policy. It supplants public policy-making by elected officials who are accountable to voters by unaccountable corporate boards executing policy by corporate fiat.

It leaves American rights, especially Second Amendment rights, vulnerable to a series of “corporately-endorsed privileges” and not a right of the people at all.

Turns out, that’s bad business too.

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As a loyal reader of Law Enforcement Today, you are probably aware that we initiated a campaign to back the blue and support “re-funding” rather than defunding the police, while publicizing the detrimental effects of defunding the police and the countless positive contributions to our society that our brothers and sisters in blue make every day.

Corporate sponsor has dedicated itself to the “Re-Fund the Police” cause with a generous contribution to the refunding efforts.

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In the Navy, James honorably served on an aircraft carrier as an Intelligence Specialist.

After his military service, James moved on to a 25-year career in law enforcement in California, ultimately retiring at the rank of lieutenant.


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James is also a computer forensics expert who has testified in both state and federal courts, and he has worked on thousands of criminal, civil, and corporate cases as a private Open-Source intelligence investigator.

He also holds several college degrees and six computer forensics certificates.

James kept in close contact with his many former colleagues in law enforcement and actively followed changes in the law enforcement community. He repeatedly heard about incidents in which a criminal found an officer’s personal information online and would then harass and dox them and their family.

In his work in forensics and his private investigations, James utilized people-search websites, the very sites that were being used to collect the private information being used to attack officers.

These sites show officers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, the names of their relatives and are available to anyone performing an internet search.

Therefore, James married his expertise in law enforcement and computer forensics to create, which protects officers by removing their personal data from the top 50 people-search websites and monitors those sites for any reappearance of that data.

James noted:

“After spending 25 years in law enforcement, I am using my experience, love and respect for the profession to make life safer for LEOs.

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James and his team at have created software that helps officers in all 50 states quickly and easily remove personal, private information from the most prominent people-search websites.

Furthermore, the software also monitors those websites, so if personal identifying information arises again, the officer can remove it quickly and easily.

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Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful to for their tireless dedication to protecting the privacy – and safety – of police officers nationwide, and for generously walking along with us to “Re-Fund Our Police” in the face of political and media-based pushes to defund those who protect and serve. has also graciously offered to back the “Re-Fund” cause with their own media campaign efforts.

As LET’s Executive Director, Kyle S. Reyes, notes:

”In an age where countless officers are doxxed and their families are being targeted for no reason other than their service to the community, it’s crucial that we find a way to protect them from those who seek to do them harm. 

“Law Enforcement Today has partnered with because there’s no greater way of helping put a digital shield of protection around them. 

“Every officer and their family need to sign up.  It’s perhaps the best ‘insurance policy’ we’ve seen yet.”

Pete James has honored Law Enforcement Today and our “Re-Fund the Police” campaign with these words: is honored to partner with Law Enforcement Today, a solid and dependable supporter of LEOs, to ‘Re-Fund The Police.’  

“Instead of cowering to those who scream the loudest, we must challenge with facts the anarchists and uninformed who want to destabilize and destroy our country by calling for defunding the police.  

“The ‘Re-Fund the Police’ marketing campaign will make great strides in educating policy makers while honoring those who stand for the thin blue line.”

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Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Originally published October 10, 2021

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities. 

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket. 

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.

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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities. 

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.


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