Gallup Gun Law ‘Satisfaction’ Poll Fails to Ask Most Important Question of All

If people think this was a huge opinion poll upset, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet. (The Harry S. Truman Museum/PD)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Americans Remain Largely Dissatisfied With U.S. Gun Laws,” a Friday report by the Gallup polling firm announced. “Fifty-six percent of Americans say they are dissatisfied with U.S. gun laws and policies, marking the ninth consecutive year of majority-level dissatisfaction since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. At the same time, 42% of U.S. adults express satisfaction with U.S. gun laws.”

Left unsaid, although they have the information because they compiled it and linked to it, is that there is a 0% change in overall respondent attitudes since the last poll in 2020.  No matter, since it’s all meaningless anyway, but presented to advance Gallup’s admitted goal of providing “global analytics and advice [to help] leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems.”

Argue with their methodology [download] if you like, that’s not what’s important here. I’m perfectly willing to stipulate those are the numbers  yielded from their sample size, and the way they are “weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, non-response, double coverage of landline and cell users … to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, population density, and phone status.” I will say I’ve been around awhile and have never met a right to keep and bear arms advocate who has ever participated in one of these polls, but that’s not the deal killer for me, either.

Neither are results showing differences between Democrats and Republicans. You’d expect more of the former to want more “laws,” and the latter would be OK keeping things the way they are. It is disappointing, but not unexpected, that the numbers wanting fewer laws are so low, but that gets to the crux on what’s NOT being asked.

In all the hubbub about “do you want more, do you want less, is it too hot, too cold, too hard, too soft, just right?” (and let me just segue off into a wholly-unrelated “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story for a moment), there’s one question that is glaringly absent:

“Just how much do you know about gun laws in the first damn place?”

That could then be drilled down into subsets like “Do you even know what an ‘assault weapon’ is and what the gun-grabbers and their media mouthpieces want you to believe?” or “If ‘universal background checks’ work, what the hell is going on in Baltimore?” That and “Explain ‘due process’ and how ‘red flag laws’ could possibly provide it,” or “Produce one citation from the time the Constitution was being debated to show the Founders did not intend for the citizenry to have ‘weapons of war’ when they ratified the Second Amendment.”

We could do this all day, but the point is made. It doesn’t seem to occur to the survey wonks that a meaningful opinion sounding of Americans who have taken time to inform themselves already exists in the form of gun sales going through the roof.

The reason politicians “rely” on such polls like this latest bit of Gallup nonsense is to ascertain how successful they’ve been in swindling the ignorant out of their rights, and to determine what could work to further spook the herd.

There’s an old saying we’ve all heard, at times attributed to Mark Twain, at times to 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, at times to others:

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

The gun-grabbers who use such surveys to advance their citizen disarmament agenda are skilled in all three.


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Larry
Larry
9 months ago

Geez, David, next you’ll be suggesting that people (1, 2, 3, 4) know something about the candidates before they vote for them!

Last edited 9 months ago by Larry
DonP
DonP
9 months ago

Any gun law that prevents the average person from owning self defense firearms (but allows private security to own them) or requires a serious registration fee… is racist since it would disproportionately affect the lower income population.

It’s always fun factually pointing out that Democrats’ laws are racist.

Bozz
Bozz
9 months ago

What they also leave out is that 11% of those that are dissatisfied with gun laws actually want less gun laws. An important point.

Boz
Boz
9 months ago

ALL laws regarding anything are reactive and actually do NOTHING to stop anything. A law saying that you can’t blow through a red light does NOT stop you from doing so. It only provides for punishment after-the-fact. Same for laws regarding murder. We have laws against murder, why does murder still happen??? No law stops anything, it only hinders the law-abiding.

Finnky
Finnky
9 months ago
Reply to  Boz

– Occasionally laws do prevent antisocial behavior. Taking your example of murder, I suspect that on occasion people restrain themselves in order to avoid legal punishments if caught. Some also put efforts into getting away with murder, as they also do not want to be punished.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
9 months ago
Reply to  Boz

This pretty much proves your point…

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musicman44mag
musicman44mag
9 months ago

Well David, you have done a good job and chose a topic that brought out a lot of comments from people I have not seen on the board before and some I haven’t seen for a while.

Thank you.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
9 months ago

I truly believe that if there was that big of a concern over our gun rights that there would be so much more outrage amongst, We, The People across the United States in unison ahead of any threat rather than wait until the horse gets out of the barn effect and be reactionary to any unconstitutional infringements. Then again you would think that gun owners, dealers and vendors would communicate more openly amongst each other, gathering petition signatures necessary to diminish ALL unconstitutional laws as well as the removal of oath-breaking elected and appointed officials. Putting necessary war chest funds… Read more »

JimQ
JimQ
9 months ago

These polls aren’t meant to get meaningful information at all. The questions are carefully crafted to support hoplophobia.

Great work as usual Mr. Codrea. thoroughly enjoyed your remarks several years ago in Hartford

Finnky
Finnky
9 months ago
Reply to  JimQ

– I suspect response are occasionally “carefully crafted” as well. As a gun owner do you (a) refuse to participate (b) speak out for our rights or (c) pretend you don’t own guns so as to avoid attack. I’d guess (b) is less common than it should be.

Cruiser
Cruiser
9 months ago

The Biden administration is keeping the 2A debate in the forefront because it distracts for what’s really going on with Hunter, China and Iran.
Biden knows he can’t do anything about gun control, so it’s just a sideshow.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
9 months ago
Reply to  Cruiser

I hope you’re right, but why do you think he can’t do anything about gun control? Almost all the Democrat legislators and many of the Republicans are in favor of: Red Flag Laws Universal Background Checks “Fix NICS” Increasing the age to buy rifles I think they also have a good run at banning the manufacture and sale of broad categories of semiautomatic rifles. The Republican politicians (including the new “Pro 2nd Amendment” ones) and the firearm advocacy groups have done almost nothing to provide information to the voters who are misinformed about the topic, so legislators won’t be too… Read more »

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
9 months ago
Reply to  Cruiser

The old “right hand, left hand” distraction trick…the key is to look at the bigger picture…

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
9 months ago

I think calling on a ‘gun nut’ – you know, folks like me and you who actually know gun laws, buy or sell or collect guns, and practice handling and shooting actual guns – to answer legitimate gun questions would scare the buh-jeezus out of the snowflakes they hire to ask these questions.
My anti-gun wife is completely dissatisfied with U.S. gun laws and policies, and I’m also completely dissatisfied with U.S. gun laws and policies, for very different reasons.

Link
Link
9 months ago

Anti-gun wife ????

RetUSAF
RetUSAF
9 months ago

I must have an anti-gun wife. Because she gets totally peeved when I buy another gun.

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
9 months ago
Reply to  RetUSAF

How does your wife know if you buy another gun?? There is your problem. If you or she know how many guns you have, you don’t have nearly enough guns. Get a gun for your wife……f you can find anyone foolish enough to give up a good gun. would have to be a Liberal probably.

Finnky
Finnky
9 months ago
Reply to  StLPro2A

#Still pro 2A – For a friend in need and for such a good cause, I’d sell him a decent gun. Would be an oddball caliber, but I could spare a Mak or even a Tok for a good cause. The 9’s are spoken for a second arming my wife trumps arming his.
New guns are available, even if not cheap and with fewer options than we’re all used to. Bigger issue is finding ammo for it.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
9 months ago

David Codrea: GOOD OP-ED!!!
How a question is asked, wording or intonation of voice, also affects the answer!

Mudhunter
Mudhunter
9 months ago

The poll needs to be more investigative. Whether they say they are satisfied or not, a sub division question is needed.

Are you satisfied with the laws because most gun owners do not have evil intentions or because they balance rights with responsibilities, or dissatisfied with existing laws because you think they are not strict enough or because you believe they violate the Constitution.

Last edited 9 months ago by Mudhunter
grant
grant
9 months ago

If you read the actual Poll, the question itself is intentionally misleading. 
-Anti-gun people will answer that the are not happy with the laws and want tougher laws. 
-Pro-gun people will answer that they are not happy and that they want no more gun control and less restrictions on firearms. 
-But when the average person, not that familiar with firearms reads the poll, it sways one’s thinking towards the left-wing narrative that EVERYONE wants more gun control, which is absolutely not the case or even close to the facts..

CinciJim
CinciJim
9 months ago
Reply to  grant

I fully understand your points, and no offense intended but in my personal opinion, the folks described in your 3rd point are actually a subset of those in your first point… or visa verse(?). Second thought, for the most part they’re one and the same. The general public today no longer educates themselves on the laws that govern them. This was evidenced by several stories of how shocked new gun buyers were that they couldn’t just walk into a gun store, pick out a firearm, pay for it and take it home like a gallon of milk – especially in… Read more »

DonP
DonP
9 months ago
Reply to  CinciJim

“Or when they discovered there really is no internet loophole or gun show loophole”… period.

There, fixed it for you!
There is no gun law that either doesn’t apply or is less restrictive if you are dealing with someone on the internet or at a gun show than it would be normally. It also doesn’t matter whether you are dealing with a gun dealer or an average individual.

1127fctwosw
1127fctwosw
9 months ago

“with a random sample of 547 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states”

that survey/poll throws out some pretty sketchy numbers.

how about these numbers:

7 to 10 million new…first time…gun owners. (that’s a number i just found on google…)

i think they called the wrong people.

(funny…the anti-bangbang crowd are wringing their hands…wondering why joebiden ain’t unleashing bob beto to go get all the guns…i told someone the other day when this came up…”i can give you like 5 million reasons.” guess i am gonna have to revise my numbers)

Last edited 9 months ago by 1127fctwosw
Laddyboy
Laddyboy
9 months ago
Reply to  1127fctwosw

@11: FYI: There are NOW OVER 25,000 anti-constitutional second amendment INFRINGMENT laws across America. This number was published about 4-5 years ago.

Knute
Knute
9 months ago

No news here. I AM “unsatisfied” with US gun laws, and will remain so until such time as all infringements cease. That includes the complete repeal of the unconstitutional NFA!
How much does anyone want to bet that the direction of that dissatisfaction is NOT included in this (or any other) ridiculous poll conducted by liars? 🙂

Ansel Hazen
9 months ago
Reply to  Knute

That’s how I would have taken the questions context as well.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
9 months ago

we had an article very similar yesterday and I can say the same thing today. Polls are wrong, they take information from two people from every state and I wonder if they call people that are at home on welfare during the middle of the day or if the call working people after hours?

Think Hitlary and Trump. Perfect example of how good polls are. Polls are there to influence people wanting to be part of the majority crowd like a sheeple rather than those of us that are like lone wolves.

Most republicans wont answer polls.

Last edited 9 months ago by musicman44mag