The Hype of Gun Control Polls
Kevin Felts 05.26.17
Gun control organizations love to quote polls saying people want more gun control. However, people who say they want gun control are unlikely to turn it into a voting issue.
Something politicians learned years ago, never underestimate the voting power.of gun owners.
A recent example, after the election of 2016 there were a lot of questions asking why Hillary lost. Very few people in the media addressed the pro-gun voting bloc.
When Hillary said she wanted more gun control, chances are those comments cost her the election. Gun rights crosses age, gender, religion, and political parties.
Furthermore, we may even say self-defense is a primal instinct. When the first person picked up a stick to defend himself or to hunt with, our ancestors realized how beneficial a weapon can be. That stick was was later made into a club, spear, sword and eventually into a modern firearm.
Even gun hating liberal Democrats have the instinct for self-preservation. Voting for gun control goes against our instinct for self-defense.
In other words, gun control and our instinct for self-preservation and in direct conflict with each other.
From Politico – The Issue Democrats Wish Would Go Away.
Bill Clinton delivered that warning weeks after Sandy Hook to a room of Democratic donors: “All these polls that you see saying the public is for us on all these issues—they are meaningless if they’re not voting issues.”
The Arkansan further explained the cultural significance of guns in rural America, “A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing. Or they’re living in a place where they don’t have much police presence. Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.”
Bill Clinton tried to single out rural America, which was a fallacy. Whether it is someone in New York, Los Angeles, Mobile or Houston, we all have a basic human instinct to defend ourselves.
While the gun grabbers say they want more gun control, they will not turn it into a voting issue.
In other words, polls may show support for gun control but that does not mean the respondents to a particular poll are motivated to vote because of the issue.
However, NRA members and other Second Amendment supporters are motivated and will vote to protect their rights.
In other words, gun owners turn gun rights into a voting issue, while gun control advocates do not.
Next time you see a poll saying people want more gun control, do not believe the hype.
After all, it would take a special kind of stupid for someone to vote their rights away.