Why Do Voters Keep Electing Politicians Who Think They are Stupid?

Illegal Votes are far more Dangerous than Illegal Guns
Illegal Votes are far more Dangerous than Illegal Guns

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Politicians in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Washington, Chicago, and elsewhere, keep telling the world that their constituents – the people who elected them – are stupider, less responsible, less rational, less trustworthy, and more prone to violence than the people in other areas of the United States. And the voters in those states and jurisdictions keep reelecting them.

Is that proof that the politicians are right and their constituents are stupider than the rest of us out here in flyover country?

Twenty-five of the fifty states have enacted permitless, Constitutional Carry laws. Alaska started the trend in 2003 and Arizona and Wyoming followed suit seven years later. That’s a full half of the US states that now require no training, no special investigation, no fees, and no government permission slip for any adult (in most cases, over 21, but in some cases, persons over 18) to carry a loaded handgun concealed on their person in public. As a result, virtually everyone in those 25 states has been killed or seriously injured in road rage incidents, parking disputes, arguments with neighbors, impulsive suicides, and unintentional discharges.… Right?

The predicted bloodbaths didn’t happen, even though so many anti-rights politicians and gun control extremist groups warned that this would be the result in each state as each legislature debated the merits of adopting Constitutional Carry. They ignored the evidence of Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, and each of the states that followed their lead in adopting some version of the idea. They ignored the fact that, in Arizona, anyone from anywhere, who isn’t a convicted felon or otherwise prohibited from possession of a firearm, has always been able to put a loaded gun on their hip, as long as it, or its holster was visible, and since 2010, they’ve been able to legally conceal that gun and walk out the door, and still crime, suicides, and firearms stupidity didn’t shoot through the roof, but instead fell consistently until COVID and the riots of the “Summer of Love” started reversing an almost three-decade trend of declining violent crime.

States like Arizona were on the leading edge of the movement to recognize and restore rights, so there was some chance that the falling crime rates here were just some sort of weird aberration, and the results in other states would be different. But state after state adopted similar positions, and the results in state after state yielded similar results. In some places the data indicated that Constitutional Carry actually helped lower violent crime rates, but nowhere can it be said that adoption of Constitutional Carry produced any significant increase in any crime rates anywhere.

Now, with the clear evidence of 25 Constitutional Carry states, there’s no excuse for any politician to suggest calamitous results from liberalizing gun control laws. Still, that’s exactly what they do, over and over again.

In New York, when the Supreme Court ruled that their ridiculously strict and arbitrary permitting system for carrying a concealed gun was unconstitutional, Governor Kathy Hochul demanded, and got, new, even stricter laws for her constituents, indicating her belief that people in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, and 22 other states, must be smarter, more responsible, more trustworthy, and less prone to violence than the people of her own state, whom she clearly believes are incapable of handling such responsibilities. Even though the people in all of those other states are able to safely and responsibly own and carry firearms without government mandates and supervision, she insists that her constituents would just start killing and wounding each other.

All I can conclude from her reelection is that she must be right, and the voters in her state must indeed be stupider than most. But then I look at my own state, where a slim majority of my fellow Arizonans just voted in a new governor who embraces the same sorts of elitist, government-knows-best, ideas that governor Hochul does, and I fear that there must be some sort of intelligence-sapping contagion going around, probably spread by legacy media. But at least Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s presumptive next Governor, hasn’t made a habit of telling Arizonans that we could never be trusted with the rights and responsibilities that the citizens of other states have proven to have no problem handling.

I recall a Wisconsin politician arguing against the liberalization of their gun laws, by pulling out statistics showing that Wisconsin residents consume more beer, per capita, than the residents of any other state, and therefore were likely to get drunk and shoot each other, if given the opportunity. Similarly, we often hear politicians who oppose lifting restrictions on firearms on college campuses, and support for bans on 18 to 20-year-olds from purchasing guns, ranting about how reckless and irresponsible young people are, and how widespread drug and alcohol abuse is on college campuses. These same politicians are often leading the charge to lower the voting age to 16, allow a 14-year-old to get an abortion without parental consent, and allow 4-year-olds to choose to be the opposite sex. I just saw a video clip of Vice President Kamala Harris giving a speech a few years ago, in which she said, talking about 18 to 24-year-olds; “What else do we know about this population? – They’re STUPID!” Which is interesting when you consider that this age group voted for Biden-Harris in huge numbers. Is that proof that she’s correct in her assessment?

It’s worth noting that, in spite of promises from the Bloomies, the Bradys, and the Demanding Mommies, that politicians who approved Constitutional Carry in their states, would pay a price at the polls, every Governor who signed a Constitutional Carry law and was up for reelection this year, won handily, while Hochul and others who seem to hold their constituents in such low esteem, struggled to eke out a victory, in spite of overwhelming partisan advantage.

Yes, the election of some of these elitist politicians does serve as proof that their low opinions of their constituents are well-founded, but it looks like some of their populations are beginning to wise up and start engaging their brains. Now if only more of their opponents (that’s you, Republicans!) would grasp the reality that trusting the people and supporting individual liberty, actually wins elections.

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox, led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs, and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists through education, analysis of current issues, and a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona, and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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Not only is there the example of the 25 states with what is called constitutional carry. There is also the example of the states that have passed shall issue laws since 1987.

In state after state, blood in the streets after fender benders and so on and so forth were predicted.

Hasn’t happened.

The Left doesn’t care.

But people who used to swallow the Left’s anti-gun Koolade without a second thought are starting to catch on. They’re becoming gun owners. Only time will tell if that has an effect on their voting patterns.


The left becoming gun owners in oregoneistan supposedly didn’t make a difference voting for a law to make us have a permit to buy a gun, but then again, we have had vote by mail for years, it’s the only way we can vote and since it was enacted we haven’t seen a republican governor.



We all know that their BS laws have nothing to do with reducing “Blood Baths”.

uncle dudley

Most voters aren’t educated as to the policy the candidates stand for and it can be the social media and mainstream media not providing a true and accurate story of what is being talked about.
Blocking the news stories that would change opinions and reflect what’s really happening in the country played a big part in the outcome.
The media is slanted to the democrats and the liberal ideas and agenda that they push, while blocking the truth.




Happy Thanksgiving.


mm44 Like wise to you . How ever lets don’t put it to a vote . Remember back I said the rino payne entered the race for gov. I predicted he would split the vote . He did and so we are stuck with kelly again. The vote was close enough that the race couldn’t be called until all votes were counted. I wonder how much he was paid . I hear he is getting quite a back lash from the republican party . Another one who needs to be tarred and feathered .

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Like the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s Lap-top computer!


I have zero faith in the integrity of the election system as it stands. I do not believe the last two elections were the will of the people expressed by voting. I will continue to vote but I have little hope it will stop the slide into a UK style Democracy. Look at Canada. Their people accept oppression with little grumbling and get steam rolled whenever they protest. That is where we are heading. This will be painful to fix for us if we can or if we will even try.


Thank you for not giving up. We had our gubernatorial election stolen back in 2004 which precipitated the move to all mail-in balloting. Consequentially, we now have more conservatives volunteering to be PCO’s and more importantly ballot watchers. Even though I live in a state that’s controlled by the 3 county area called Pugetopolis that turns statewide blue, our county and two of the three State Legislative Districts in our county, 19th & 35th went solid red. I think we can make deeper inroads too as the radical representatives in Pugetopolis Mogadishu the place up. The gun purchases and CCW… Read more »


They are stupider and lot of them are firearms owners who refuse to believe the govt will take their firearms given half the chance.


Jim – nailed it – for some inexplicable reason those on the left who dare to own any sort of gun ‘think’ that their loyalty to the party will somehow buy them an exemption of some sort. That is the only reason I have been able to come up with for their lack of common sense.


George Carlin nailed it when he said “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”


Jeff, you needn’t beat yourself up as an Arizonan over the recent election. According to the latest: the electoral system in Arizona is screwed up. So, it’s indeed possible the outcomes could have been as reported in media. But we know which side likes to put their thumbs on the scales.

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Because They Are….


Growing up in Southern Indiana from my birth in 1954 until I left to go to school in 1970, I routinely heard the adults in my family say at familial gatherings that they trusted the dimocRAT’s because “they were smarter and would do right FOR THE PEOPLE!” I never could understand that sentiment. Every last one of my alive grandparents, uncles and aunts said the same thing. It was befuddling because they all were successful and I thought very smart. My grandparents were long time local dim party apparatchiks. I even accompanied my grandfather on Election Day during the Nixon/Kennedy… Read more »


Why do you confuse me with facts?
Why would I respect a Constitution that works?
Why would I want to live free and make my own decisions when I can let other people, who don’t care what happens to me, control every aspect of my life, including whether or not I even HAVE a life to start with?
When do I get my “Chairman Joe” suit? China probably has some left over from the Chairman Mao days.


Simple answer is because the voters are IDIOTS!


“Lucky for the government that the people are stupid.” – Adoph Hitler


In many cases these poIiticians were NOT “eIected” by the voters.


Boz, in that case they weren’t elected at all.


WHY did anyone vote DEMOCRAT? The recent two years didn’t tell you enough about what the DEMOCRATS did; they’re going to do the same crap they have been doing; all the DEMOCRATS that were re-elected are just going to follow BIDEN’S lousy policies; these DEMOCRATS should not be In our POLITICS.


I will go you one further and say Democrats should not be aloud to suck air while thier feet are on American soil !

Dubi Loo

Dead on balls accurate Jeff


The fact is, there are over 70,000 non-resident students attending AZ’s 3 universities this year. Tom Steyer’s Next Gen America was very active in registering those students to vote in AZ’s mid-term election. Next Gen America succeeded in getting a major portion of them registered; far more than the margin of victory for Katie Homes, Mark Kelly, Adrian Fontes, and Mayes. None of the politicians or “gun rights” organizations are willing to challenge the registrations in court because it would cost a lot of money and be portrayed by the Left as an “anti voting rights” push. The law is… Read more »