The NRA-ILA writes [via ammoland.com] Hillary Clinton makes no bones about the fact that as president, she would seek to ban America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15. According to her own campaign website, “Military-style assault weapons do not belong on our streets. They are a danger to law enforcement and to our communities. Clinton supports keeping assault weapons off our streets.”
Yet even some proponents of increased gun controls admit that Clinton’s focus is off the mark. As one stated late last year, “[W]e already know that banning assault weapons won’t reduce gun crime or deaths.” He added, “The ‘assault weapons’ for sale in the U.S. now aren’t really weapons of war.”
A poll released this week, moreover, shows that the reason most often invoked for banning so-called “assault weapons” – i.e., their potential use in mass killings – ranks below even extinction-level events on Americans’ list of things of which they are “afraid” or “very afraid.” Of the 79 fears identified, “random/mass shooting” came in 30th. This was below such fears as Obamacare, biological warfare, reptiles, the U.S. being involved in another World War, nuclear weapons attack, and a pandemic or major epidemic.
Even more ominously for Hillary Clinton – whose public persona has been riddled with scandals for decades – the number one fear of those polled was “corrupt government officials.” But the poll gets even worse for the Clinton Camp, with “[g]overnment restrictions on firearms and ammunition” ranking as the fifth most common fear.
Indeed, exercising their right to keep and bear arms may be a response many Americans have to other higher-ranking fears, including terrorism (4th), break-ins (27th), and “widspread civil unrest” (28th). So why, some 12 years after her husband’s federal “assault weapons” ban proved ineffective, does Hillary Clinton remain focused on this failed policy?
One answer might simply be that it pleases big donors to her party. An article on the political website Roll Call earlier this year quoted a “high-dollar donor to Democratic candidates” as stating, “I’m not interested in supporting people who won’t ban assault rifles.” Of course, it’s no surprise that donors who can spend more on one election cycle than most families earn in a year are going to be detached from the concerns of ordinary Americans.
But the zealousness to disarm Americans also speaks to a more fundamental political philosophy that underlies Hillary Clinton’s approach to politics. This approach is one that shuns freedoms – like the right to keep and bear arms – that are uniquely American and demeans political opposition as illegitimate (or in Hillary Clinton’s words, “deplorable” and “irredeemable”).
Faced with such an imperious, detached, and condemning candidate for the White House, it’s no wonder that Americans are more afraid of the government officials who want to take their preferred rifles than a myriad of other potential concerns.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org
I don’t fear a lack of weapons in civilian hands. I fear a government that deems it necessary.
Fear a government (or politician) that fears your guns.
I heard that somewhere.
Survey after survey is released that shows Americans worst fears are everything the Democrat party represents yet they keep voting for that swine.
BwaHaHa….Global warming at #17 even with the 24/7/365 hype.
Yes, that’s what I cannot understand. Is the press doing such a wonderful job of demonizing Trump (yes, he has legitimate issues as well) that people don’t care? Is the press doing such a wonderful job of hiding Hillary’s issues that people don’t know? Some of both?
Those make my fear that the Doobie Brothers are going to really break up seem almost trivial.
Government tops the list, not a surprise in a country where 10s of millions of us remember a country that 20 years ago was still relatively free. We have seen increasing hostility to our country, culture and freedoms. Guns and references to God remind the statist that they really are not in control, and so they seek to eliminate both from the public square. This will not end well.
PeterK and Cloud, we are on the same page. Putin said if Hillary is elected it will be the last election in the U.S. According to several past philosophers and historians, the death of democracy comes from the majority voting for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result being a fiscal collapse of the nation. On average, 200 years is the life of a democracy. and every democracy is followed by a dictatorship. This could be why Putin says Hillary will be our last elected president. If the elitists in DC figure to be the new dictators, then they’ve got to disarm the population. 80 million armed citizens will be difficult to control. At least I know I will!
With 40% of the population already net beneficiaries of the tax system and millions of Hispanics who want their families to be allowed in and given benefits, plus millions of millennials who think they’ll get free college, or their existing college debt forgiven (not realizing that the greater problem is that there are no jobs for them!), Hillary has a built in almost majority just for her empty promises. Add those turned away from the GOP by turncoat RINOs and those turned off by the worst public speaker to ever run for president, and it’s not hard to see Hillary Clinton being elected.
It is indeed a sad time for America and freedom.
I wonder when the data was collected, and where clowns fall on the list.
It has been proven dozens of times this past year, and now even daily by Wikileaks and the James O’Keefe Project Veritas videos ….. ” Conspiracy Theory ” is replaced by CONSPIRACY Fact !! The corruption and subversion by DNC operators and the paid for , spineless uni-party G.O.P is laid bare. So that brings us to this gem …..
Number and register EVERY bullet.
Interesting but idiots keep voting Democrat. I was just on my local Illinois gun rights FB page and supposed gun owners were going postal over a pro-Trump post. And one particularly nasty dude had a Spanish surname. Forest/Trees homie…as far as being “afraid” I’m fairly new to gunownership(6years),live in Illinois and feel like we’ll weather the coming storm (or not) but either way I’m not giving ANYTHING up…
Reptiles made the list? My turtle is a vegetarian. He could never harm anyone.
Why no spiders? Can’t just lump them in with “animals”. My daughter has a big fear of spiders, but has no problem with anything that has 6 legs or less.
It looks like clowns were part of the poll but didn’t rate that highly (2nd from bottom) as something to fear!
It looks like the poll was conducted by Chapman University of Orange, CA. One question, one of the biggest fears was of gun control, was the fear that the government would implement gun control or that the government wouldn’t implement gun control?
Fear of our own government tops the list, but the threat of WW3 and by proxy fear of Putin isn’t even in the top 10. Imagine during the height of the Cold War that anyone would have imagined it possible that we fear our own government more than potentially hostile foreign governments. I’m glad I don’t have children, the country that today’s youth shall inherit is going to be a totalitarian hellscape.
While government takes 3 of the domain spots, government is actually the cause of 3 more of the fears, so the .gov is actually scarier than anything else.
I noticed the same thing. But, I think the domain of government has some role in more than just 3 of the fears.
The demtards “win” the top 5 spots + #7 and #10. Very impressive Hellery/Barry.
This should be Trumps message for the entire debate.
Go thru the list one by one and show how the Democrats are behind 7 of the 10 and the other 2 is just life/death.
Ignore all questions and just say “I’m going to talk about what I think is important”.
Hillary will be dead before anymore federal weapon restrictions. Some inside Patriot will take her out.
I actually am hoping she continues her path, it leads to her death.
This is where the Repubs are stupid.
They go after the PERSON rather than the BAD IDEAS.
If Hillary dies, there will be another Leftist to continue the destruction.
There are millions of new Leftists exiting the schools (indoctrination centers) every year.
Leftist thought seeks to change culture. They have been at it for 50 years.
Some of us at work were discussing just today that Tim Kaine would be worse than Hillary. Her life insurance policy.