As much as gun owners like to rag on the non-gun owning public for being low-information, disengaged sheeple, the truth is that they are more awake than we might initially suspect — at least if we are to believe the results of Gallup polling.
A Dec. 2015 Gallup poll found that when asked to choose the biggest threat to the country in the future, 69 percent of respondents chose the government. While that number is overwhelming, it’s actually down from 73 percent in 2013 the last time Gallup surveyed that question. The other two options, big business and big labor came in at 25 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
Seventy-five percent of respondents also received widespread corruption in the government, according to Gallup, and back in June, only 8 percent said they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Moreover, half said the federal government poses an immediate threat to rights and freedoms.
When the issue of guns is thrown into the mix with all the other issues Gallup polls, it consistently ranks toward the bottom at about 2 percent. In other words, only 2 percent of Americans believe that guns are the biggest problem facing the U.S.
I guess we can find some solace in these results, right? The public does — on some level — get it! The government is the biggest existential threat to our free society — not guns!
What’s fascinating, though, is how out of touch the Obama administration is given these results. Think about it. Obama’s big announcement heading into 2016 had nothing to do with reforming government, balancing the budget, creating jobs, addressing immigration or fixing healthcare. Nope, none of those top, legitimate concerns were on the Obama agenda. Instead, he led off the new year with executive orders designed to chill the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and gun dealers.
It really goes to show where the man’s priorities are. Obama wants to make gun ownership, and the act of transferring, buying and selling guns, more troublesome because he knows that when you make something difficult, you begin to make it impossible. The more hoops one has to jump through, the more money one has to spend, the more time one has to invest to exercise a right, the less likely one is apt to do so.
Since Obama can’t confiscate every firearm from every gun owner in the country, he is taking the methodical approach. Make gun ownership costly, make it time-consuming and make it difficult and fewer people will have an opportunity to keep and bear arms. Then, as the gun community shrinks it becomes easier and easier for his gun-grabbing successors in government to disarm the public. After all, few people will complain when the government takes away a right that many no longer value. It’s part of the reason people say, a right not exercised is a right soon lost.
In the coming years, we need to keep spreading the gospel of guns. We need to keep monitoring public sentiment on the 2A. And most importantly, we need to show up at the ballot box. We can’t afford to keep putting anti-gunners in the oval office or in Congress or in the courts.