Getting Priorities Straight: House Democrats and the Public

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Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Anti-gun organizations and their sycophants would have you believe that the 2018 midterm elections were a referendum on gun rights.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi “vows to fight” for “bipartisan, common sense” gun control and announced gun control “will be a priority” even before she had secured the Speaker’s gavel. The eagerness to curtail Constitutional rights isn’t limited to Nancy Pelosi; Representative Mike Thompson, head of the Democrats’ “gun violence prevention task force” and incoming Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Representative Jerry Nadler are both on record confirming they’ll push gun control early next year.

As soon as they’re in power.

They claim that it’s what the American people want. So, is it?

According to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this month, gun control and guns rank at the very bottom of the list of what adults say is the country’s top problem – coming in at three percent.

That’s tied with the economy in general, unemployment, and ethical/moral/religious decline. Only slightly behind crime and violence (4%), and about half as highly ranked as several categories of social issues including race relations, poverty and homelessness, and healthcare.

The top two problems facing the country, according to adults nationwide, are government (19%) and immigration (16%). Both issues fall under the purview of Congress and yet the next Speaker of the House couldn’t announce the new majority’s intentions quickly enough despite a complete lack of evidence that so-called “universal” background checks will have an effect on crime. In fact, readers may recall one study, lauded by anti-gun organizations and talking heads, actually found that background checks are associated with an increase in homicides.

Of course, the model in that study was misspecified but that hasn’t stopped anti-gunners from using it to push their agenda.

In looking at Gallup data for this year, guns and gun control was cited by only 1% of adults as the most important problem facing the country in October of this year. That number doubled all the way to 2% in November, and the midterm election was right in the middle of the November survey period. Gallup has asked the most important problem question monthly and shared the results from June 2018 onward, and gun control has never been higher than 4% (June 2018).

The top two specific problems every month since early summer have been the government and immigration.  Lest you believe that this is somehow unique to Gallup, let’s take a look at some other polling data.

A Marist Poll conducted from November 28th through December 4th of this year found that 8% of registered voters said guns should be the top priority for the next Congress.  Immigration was the top issue (18%), followed by the economy and jobs (17%) and health care (17%). Guns weren’t even the top issue for Democrats, coming in tied for third with climate change. Health care (24%) and the economy and jobs (16%) were ahead. Six percent of Independents think guns should be the top priority, well behind the economy and jobs (18%), health care (17%), immigration (15%), federal taxes and spending (14%), opioid addiction (12%), and climate change (9%).

Suburban adults put four issues before guns. This is getting repetitive, but maybe eventually Representative Pelosi will align her priorities with the American people.

Probably not, but maybe.


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musicman44mag
musicman44mag
2 years ago

To Ben. Thanks for welcoming me to Tennesse. I have a friend that moved from Kommiefornia to Henderson. We played music together for yeas and seriously thought about it, but, they just elected a woman who says all republicans are uneducated white racists. That changed my mind. Im thinking Wyoming. Sorry I dont know how to answer you direct. kinda new to responding. Been reading for about five years. Go MAGA

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago

This nutcase has her sites aimed at gun confiscation and she will pound this into the ground. I just hope we are correct in thinking that the Senate and Pres. will throw her overreach in the trash bin. Nothing will deter her because she has a one track mind and it is on the wrong track.

Musicman44mag
Musicman44mag
2 years ago

Ok, I left Kommiefornia because of gun laws, gangs and thier so called ideals and moved to Oregon. When I was on vacation in Cody Wy, a nice barber told me he had just moved from Oregon because of Kommifornians moving to Oregon and trying to change it to be like Kommiefornia. Now, the idiots in Portland “multnoma county” and the idiots in Eugene *Lane County* voted in a democrat that has made it clear she wants to take away concealed carry. assult weapons “anything semi auto” etc. So as a result we are getting ready to move again, but… Read more »

Country Boy
Country Boy
2 years ago
Reply to  Musicman44mag

NC

Matt Stacy
Matt Stacy
2 years ago
Reply to  Musicman44mag

Arizona

Ben
Ben
2 years ago
Reply to  Musicman44mag

Moved to Tennessee from Kommieland. Finally so many people like me. Tennessee is great. Move here if you’ll be voting red.

Gary P. Dettl
Gary P. Dettl
2 years ago

The first thing that Adolph Hitler did when he became Chancellor of Germany was to disarm the Jews, Poles, and Czechs. We all know what happened to the Jews. I am a Jewish Hungarian and my Father’s family was gassed in the Chambers at Auschwitz. My Father, Uncles and some Aunts were able to escape.

A.x. Perez
A.x. Perez
2 years ago

Between getting a Budget passed that President Trump will accept, The Wall, getting workable immigration reform, and rescuing Obamacare (not saying I want it, just saying it’s what her supporters want and her Party’s future depends on), Ms. Pelosi has enough to do The only way she will be able to mess with gun control is to betray her constituency on other issues.

dava golino
dava golino
2 years ago

50 percent of brainwashed Americans want to wallow in the EU Agenda. just look at the midterms. over half of this country does not want this country. state level the so called leaders are wallowing in the EU/UN Agenda delusion in the USA.EXAMPLE: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and female radical Muslims get elected in Minnesota,Democrats Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota the delusional that vote for THESE communists are the result of 45 years of treasonous education, and brain washing in American schools and colleges. We can be angry at the Marxist politicians, but over 50 percent of the… Read more »

mbh
mbh
2 years ago

I agree Wild Bill. In this stage of government Little will get done.Nothing goood will get done. It is the Democrat way

jacob lynn Hall sr
jacob lynn Hall sr
2 years ago

Pelosi in my opium the people she represents should be made to resign because she is a traitor {no border wall in the dumbest common sense tell you to be a great nation you must have a border} , “SHE IS A TRAITOR”

Graystone
Graystone
2 years ago

With only 3% concerned – be Very Careful!
Why?! Because when a bill is put forth the anti’s are assured that there won’t be any strong pushback. With weak opposition – only 3% care – any damage could have far reaching consequences!
When a camel gets its nose under the tent the rest is certain to follow!

MBH
MBH
2 years ago

Congress is not running the country but we do need a senate with some backbone.AS I have said before, when Pelosi opens her ugly mouth, it is like my dog passing gas! But my dog is loyal!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  MBH

, Yes, Congress could take power back from the federal bureaucracies in an afternoon. I think, however, our best bet, just now, is the Trump judicial appointees.
Our Constitution is like the directions on a can of soup. If one wants the soup to come out right, then follow the directions.

John W Bletsch
John W Bletsch
2 years ago

Corrupt politicians are always looking for ways to silence opposition to their corruption. Once we are disarmed the First & Fourth Amendments will be next with the goal of rewriting the Constitution to their marxist interpretation. Only thing stopping them is over 300 million firearms in private hands.
When I resist their treason I want more than a yellow vest. It’s why I have a MSR & adequate ammo.

Phil in TX
Phil in TX
2 years ago

“maybe eventually Representative Pelosi will align her priorities with the American people.”
Don’t hold your breath waiting for THAT to happen. Pelosi is a twit that couldn’t find her own backside with two hands and a flashlight. There are, unfortunately. many more just like her in the U.S. Congress. Disgusting.

Phil in TX

SK
SK
2 years ago

Resist!

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

I am with you Patrick these dumocrats are looking for a civil war they live in their gated places I am ready I will not hesitate to blow one of theses assholes away

Patrick owens
Patrick owens
2 years ago

Message for pelosi ,,,, you spit in the American people faces. Enfrenge our rights, step on us, and shred our constitution. Then you blaim everyone else for it . You want our guns instead of addressing the real problem. You want to control us like sheep. We won’t give up our rights with out a fight. At this point you are asking for war. I have one thing to say . You want to dis arm the people // GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!!!! To Arms AMERICA !!!