Poll: Americans Fear Government Corruption & Gun Control Over Mass Shootings

Top Fears of 2016
Top Fears of 2016
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -(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, “[r]andom/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 “[c]orrupt 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 “[w]idspread 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.

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    Earl
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    Earl

    The Wikileaks from Clinton and undercover O’Keefe videos PROVE DNC conspiracy to incite violence at Trump rallies. They will do anything to push their narrative that Your gun is the problem. It’s no longer a ‘ theory ‘ !!!

    Irontiger
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    Irontiger

    So what, most fears are irrational anyway.

    Furthermore the study shows that 62% ARE NOT “afraid of gun control”.

    Idiots; that means when Hillary becomes president it is VERY likely that over 60% of the population Will support her efforts for gun control.

    For the toothless among you that’s called a MAJORITY!

    Better start stockpiling now!

    SFreeman
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    SFreeman

    idiot.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @SF, Yes, It is a paid troll and professional idiot. His assertion that the study shows that 62 percent are not afraid of gun control is either a terrible misunderstanding of the poll or an out right attempt to deceive. The percents were only a way of correlating which of the seventy two listed fears were feared most. Gun control was fifth of seventy two given fears.

    SuperG
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    SuperG

    This article misses it, but most others do too. It’s about one in a hundred that actually correctly identifies the real problem. I don’t need a degree is Sociology to take note of the glaring fact, and that fact is that after Ronald Reagan relaxed the mental health laws and closed the asylums, “mass shootings” went way up. Until we all take our heads out of the sand and recognize it, nothing will stop these events from happening. If the people are scared of corruption in our government, they only have themselves to blame, as they allow. Heck, they even… Read more »

    Frank Pollard
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    Frank Pollard

    Reagan did not “close” the asylums, he just stopped much of their federal funding. Why is it the federal government’s job to fund asylums? The wholesale discharge of mental patients was accelerated in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s (well before Reagan became POTUS) in some states as a result of a series of court decisions that limited the commitment powers of state and local officials. Also, since the 1960s and 1970s, it is generally illegal to forcibly treat the mentally ill. Reagan became POTUS in 1981, notice that the 60s and 70s was before that timeframe?

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    The people that vote for Clinton are ‘sheeple’. Sheep that think they are people!!! Lead me by the nose!

    Infidel7.62
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    Infidel7.62

    but 95.9% fear a Clinton presidency.

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    But are STUPID enough to vote for her!!! Sheeple!!!

    CountryBoy
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    CountryBoy

    It doesn’t surprise me in the least…..

    Just look at all of the CORRUPTION in OUR Government in the DOJ , IRS , ATF , FBI , EPA , BLM , NSA , FEC , in our President , in our Senators , in our Congressmen , in our Supreme Court

    JorgeNorberto Pedace
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    JorgeNorberto Pedace

    LOS ESTADOUNIDENSES,DEBEN TENER BIEN EN CLARO QUE QUIEREN,Y A ELLO AJUSTARSE.LO QUE
    SIEMPRE HA ESTADO BIEN,NO PUEDE DEJAR DE ESTARLO,PORQUE A DETERMINADO GOBERNANTE
    LE CAIGA MAL,TODA VEZ QUE ESTO SERÍA UNA PERDIDA IMPORTANTE DE SU LIBERTAD,Y DE SU NA
    TURAL ELECCIÓN.EN MI OPINIÓN ENTIENDO QUE SE DEBERÍA DEFENDER LA POSICIÓN DE LA SEGUN
    DA ENMIENDA,QUE HA SIDO FUNDADA UNA VEZ,NO PARA AFECTAR LOS INTERESES DEL PAÍS,SINO
    COMO PRUEBA DE ABSOLUTA CONFIANZA,AL PUEBLO Y A LA NACIÓN

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    All literals that use the term assault weapon so their stupidity in the biggest way possible. Assault weapon means selective rate of fire. All way has and always will.show the two faced nature of a liberal. I have a Mini 14, and it uses the same round as the AR-15. Both take detachable magazines, Both will shoot a round every time the trigger is pulled, but ONLY one. Both will fire at the same rate. So why is the AR-15 bad, because it looks bad. For a political party that is all inclusive and hates it when someone doesn’t like… Read more »

    D. Murphy
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    D. Murphy

    And yet the masses will vote for her and their own enslavement all in the name of governmental handouts.

    Darren P.
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    Darren P.

    “And freedom is destroyed by waves of cheers and claptor……………….”.For they got exactly what they wished for, but the wish was corrupted by the conservatives, that’s why the end result was so heinous is what the left will.say blaming it on anyone but their own selfs and actions. It all.seems so surrealistic and dreamlike, buts it’s here, breathing down our throats and starring us in the eyes. I pray,alot.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Murph, Although hiLIARy would like us to believe that we are out numbered by the masses, that she has already won the election, so we should not bother to go out and vote… I would put her on her proof. I think that the media’s poll makers are lying. She has to use green screen technology to make it look as though her rallies are well attended. I even know die hard liberals that hate and distrust hiLIARy so badly, that they are going to vote for Trump. Keep the faith, baby!