Gallup released a story last week noting that 23% of Americans viewed illegal immigration as the nation’s biggest problem. Meanwhile, barely 1% of Americans mentioned “gun violence” or gun control as among our biggest national problems.
Here’s Gallup’s news release going into the weekend, released on Friday where it got minimal publicity.
New High in U.S. Say Immigration Most Important Problem
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country. This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.
Buried in the story under the breakdown of Gallup’s polling results: Gun control registered among barely 1% of respondents in June, just as it has each and every month thus far in 2019. One percent – and they round up .5% as 1%!
Clearly, these people who think gun control is the most important problem facing our country today must be somewhere out on the fringes of our society. In fact, six times as many folks pointed to crime and the criminal justice system failures – not guns – as our biggest problem.
Just how fringe is that 1% who are demanding gun control? Well, 6% of Americans think the Pentagon was damaged by a military cruise missile on September 11, 2001, not a jumbo jet. And 5-6% of Americans believe the moon landing was faked.
So, should it surprise anyone that a rally by a fringe presidential candidate in front of NRA headquarters calling for vast expansions in our gun control laws could only muster 18 supporters? Not really.
Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell’s supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%. pic.twitter.com/sFZAishEoC
— NRA (@NRA) June 17, 2019
Not only is Swalwell polling at zero percent in Iowa, but somehow the media still treats his campaign as viable. Go figure.
Ditto for the campaigns of other gun control one(ish)-trick ponies including Kirsten Gillibrand and Bill DeBlasio, along with Cory Booker, John Hickenlooper, Julian Castro, and Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.
In fact, if you add up the support for all of the above, they still don’t equal the 6% of Democrats who opted for “none of the above” to the twenty-three — count ’em — Dems currently running for the party’s nomination.