Gallup, the right-leaning polling organization, surveyed a thousand Americans on what issues matter the most to them currently in America, and only four percent said “Guns/Gun Control” was a top priority.
I no longer put much stock into Gallup since their botched polling of the 2012 presidential race, but other polling groups show similar data over the past several months (including the left-leaning CBS finding that only three percent think gun control is the most important issue facing the nation). Americans by and large, it seems, respect the Second Amendment.
Virtually every poll out there shows that what most worries Americans is the economy, persistent unemployment, the federal deficit, and illegal immigration.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
“The American political class, in other words, is debating a set of issues that has little or nothing to do with the priorities of most of the human beings that that class purports to represent. And the American political class is having this debate, in the most vulgar terms, at a time when millions of Americans are out of work, when energy and food prices are on the rise, and when the deficit remains enormous. Why?”
Obama and the Democrats are making gun control, and what Harry Reid, in a Freudian slip, admitted was “anti-gun legislation,” front and center for the media. This has been a tendency of the Obama administration, to work on problems that most people don’t care about (such as socialized healthcare in his first term).
Conservatives have long thought that the reason for Obama’s lack of focus on the actual problems has been to distract us from them; to distract us from the fact that gas prices still restrict our travel, that it now costs more money just to live, and that while the official unemployment numbers have gradually fallen, there are now fewer people providing for themselves than when Obama took office.
The reason for the gun debate Obama insists on having is not to distract us from his economic failures, but to distract us from his economic success, or at least what he considers a success. He isn’t distracting us from the fact that he’s not working on the economy, but from the fact that he is working on the economy. The increase of citizens now beholden to the government because of entitlements is intentional. It is a sign of a weak economy and a broken society, but for Obama, these are successes. He doesn’t want us to notice it, though, hence the distractions with issues that the large majority of the public does not care about.