More than 59 percent of American voters believe there is a war on police and support the implementation of a Blue Lives Matter law that would make an attack on police of first responders punishable as hate crimes, a Rasmussen poll released Thursday revealed.
It’s a significant poll. The wave of uprisings and deadly riots in some of the nation’s largest cities since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer, along with other incidents, have attributed to that growing fear. The growing aggression of rioters and anti-police criminals have targeted officers in broad daylight is also making the situation even more concerning as the November election draws near.
The recent Rasmussen poll reveals that even citizens in the most afflicted urban communities want ‘Blue Lives Matter’ laws to protect police. Moreover, citizens fear for their own public safety as it has become more difficult to retain police officers with the growing violence and anti-police sentiment being propagated by the left and the platform to defund law enforcement.
The concerns especially escalated after Saturday’s assassination attempt by a gunman on two police officers sitting in their patrol vehicle in Compton, California. The incident, which was caught on tape, showed the perpetrator walking up to the vehicle and shooting the officers point blank in the face.
After the shooting, a small group of rioters in the street celebrated and then attempted to block the emergency entrance at the hospital where the police were being taken in an ambulance.
Both officers are recovering at the hospital and expected to survive what some have deemed a miracle. The pair were four of five times at point blank range.
The Rasmussen poll suggests that due to these incidents people believe there is a war on police “and want to make attacks on cops punishable as a hate crime. Blacks worry most that these attacks will make their communities less safe.”
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Likely U.S. Voters think there is a war on police going on. That’s up from 43% two years ago and up from a previous high of 58% in 2015. Fifty-nine percent (59%) also support the adoption of a Blue Lives Matter law in their state that would make attacks on police and first responders a hate crime and increase the penalties for such attacks. That’s unchanged from 2016 when Louisiana became the first of more than a dozen states to adopt such a law.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters are concerned that deadly attacks on the police will lead to a shortage of police officers and reduce public safety where they live, with 44% who are Very Concerned.
Whites (63%) are bigger supporters of Blue Lives Matter laws than blacks (52%) and other minority voters (49%). But blacks (84%) are a lot more concerned than whites (66%) and other minorities (70%) about a potential shortage of police officers in their community.
For more on this very important poll and story go to Rasmussen.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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