As Democrats have been declaring to every nearby microphone that they will push for more restrictions on the Second Amendment in January, a new Gallup survey reveals that guns and gun control is at the bottom of the list of priorities among American citizens, while “government” and “immigration” are at the top.
From Capitol Hill to local municipalities under control of increasingly left-tilting liberals, the campaign against gun owners’ rights while proposing new taxes and opposing increased border security may underscore just how out-of-touch Democrats are with the public.
The data come from a Dec. 3-12 survey, according to Gallup.
Among survey respondents, 19 percent said government is their greatest concern, followed by immigration at 16 percent. Also eclipsing gun control as a concern are such topics as unifying the country (8%), race relations (7%), poverty/homelessness (6%) and crime/violence (4%).
Guns and gun control managed to eke out a lackluster 2 percent, as noted by CNS News.
Yet on Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi and her anti-rights Democrat colleagues are smacking their lips at the opportunity to push legislation aimed at further eroding the right to keep and bear arms. And they have plenty of company at the state level, where legislators are heading back to various state capitols next month to also push an anti-gun agenda.
In New Mexico, for example, “With the Democrats firmly in control in the Roundhouse, gun control will be front and center,” according to KRQE News.
In Washington, where the billionaire-funded gun prohibition lobby pushed through a restrictive gun control measure stripping Second Amendment rights from young adults, anti-gunners have announced their far-reaching legislative agenda with Democrats firmly in control in both the state House and Senate, and an anti-gun Democrat governor apparently looking to champion issues that many believe will guide him into a presidential campaign in 2020.
In reporting its survey results, Gallup revealed, “The government has commonly been cited in recent years as the most important problem facing the country, with the problem having received or been tied for the most mentions — 22 times in the last 24 months.”
Senate Republicans have an 11th hour opportunity to pour water on the incoming anti-gun House Democrats by passing the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. President Donald Trump could somewhat redeem himself by fulfilling what many believe is a campaign promise to sign such legislation if it reaches his desk.
Trump lost a lot of traction with Second Amendment activists when his administration revealed plans to ban bump stocks, which transformed the essentially obscure shooting accessory into a political symbol against government reach.
If Trump plans to run again and win in 2020, and Republicans hope to regain full control of Capitol Hill, they need to show, right now, that gun owner votes are important, and that they are appreciated. National Reciprocity is that vehicle, and all it will take is a Senate vote. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can stop playing games with the budge long enough to call for an overdue vote on an issue important to many in the conservative base.
Call it a Christmas present for gun owners who played a critical role in 2016 and in retaining the Senate last month, and a lump of coal for Democrats who have never stopped acting like they were in charge. Such a last-minute move by Senate Republicans would be a reality slap to Pelosi and anti-gun Senator Charles Schumer. It would help push what national gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb has dubbed a campaign to “make the Second Amendment great again.”