New Poll Shows That Americans Fear Gun Control More Than Gun Violence

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Remember back in the 90’s when Eric Holder said we need to “brainwash” Americans about guns? He said that in the same way cigarette smokers were shamed for smoking tobacco products, Americans should be equally shamed about owning guns.

Holder later clarified that he was talking specifically about young black men. But that didn’t stop the establishment from trying to brainwash everyone, regardless of race or age, about firearms.

The media works hard to over-sensationalize mass shootings and the murderers themselves – particularly if they’re white – for the purpose of increased ratings. But it also has the effect of making people afraid to the point of paranoia about guns. Politicians take that fear and paranoia and channel it into political action.

So far, however, it hasn’t translated enough into the kind of action they want. They want tighter and tighter restrictions on firearms. They want semi-automatic rifles outlawed. They want to ban what they call “high-capacity” magazines – those that can hold more than ten rounds.

Once those are outlawed, they’ll move on to handguns. Don’t believe them when they say they don’t care about handguns. They most certainly do. These are the same people who look to the U.K. and Australia as shining examples of how to deal with “gun violence.”

But after all those efforts to brainwash and instill fear for the purpose of control, it doesn’t seem as if they’ve done a sufficient job. People are always more ready for gun control in the immediate wake of a mass shooting or terrorist attack involving a gun. But that quickly fades. Their efforts appear to have had the opposite effect on the populace.

In a recent survey by Chapman University, people were asked about their fears. Want to know their top fear? Mass shootings, right? Nope. Sixty percent of respondents said their number one fear is “corrupt government officials.” Not far down the list at number five was gun control. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they feared “government restrictions on firearms and ammunition” more than anything else.

So how about mass shootings? They don’t even make it into the top ten. They’re all the way down the list at number 30. 

People fear reptiles and high medical bills more than they do mass shootings. They’re more afraid of tornados and water pollution than they are of mass shootings. Here’s their full list:

Fear Fear Domain % Afraid or Very Afraid
Corrupt government officials Government 60.6
Terrorist Attack Manmade Disasters 41
Not having enough money for the future Economic 39.9
Terrorism Crime 38.5
Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition Government 38.5
People I love dying Illness and Death 38.1
Economic/financial collapse Economic 37.5
Identity theft Crime 37.1
People I love becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 35.9
The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare Government 35.5
Credit card fraud Crime 35.5
Biological warfare Manmade Disasters 34.8
Reptiles Personal Fears 33.2
Government tracking of personal data Technology 33.1
High medical bills Illness and Death 33.1
The US will be involved in another World War Manmade Disasters 32.3
Global warming and climate change Environment 32.3
Nuclear weapons attack Manmade Disasters 31.5
Cyber-terrorism Technology 30.7
Being hit by a drunk driver Crime 30.4
Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes Environment 30
Devastating tornado Natural Disasters 29.7
Pandemic or a major epidemic Manmade Disasters 29.3
Corporate tracking of personal data Technology 28.7
Extinction of plant and animal species Environment 27.9
Pollution of drinking water Environment 27.9
Break-ins Crime 27.6
Widespread civil unrest Manmade Disasters 27.6
Nuclear accident/meltdown Manmade Disasters 27.5
Random/mass shooting Crime 26.9
Oil spills Environment 26.8
Collapse of the electrical grid Manmade Disasters 26.2
Public speaking Personal Fears 25.9
Theft of property Crime 25.5
Losing my data, photos or other important documents in a disaster Natural Disasters 25.2
Insects/arachnids Personal Fears 25
Becoming unemployed Economic 24.6
Heights Personal Fears 24.5
Devastating drought Natural Disasters 23.9
Illegal immigration Immigration/Demographic change 23.8
Devastating hurricane Natural Disasters 23.3
Devastating earthquake Natural Disasters 22.7
Devastating flood Natural Disasters 22.2
Murder by a stranger Crime 21.9
Devastating blizzard/winter storm Natural Disasters 21.8
Government use of drones within the US Government 21.7
Financial fraud (such as a Ponzi scheme, embezzlement, etc.) Crime 21.5
Sexual assault by a stranger Crime 21.5
Mugging Crime 21.3
Gang violence Crime 21.1
Walking alone at night Crime 21.1
Deep lakes and oceans Personal Fears 20.8
Air Pollution Environment 20.7
Becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 20.3
Racial/hate crime Crime 19.9
Police brutality Crime 19.6
Abduction/kidnapping Crime 19.5
Becoming the victim of a violent crime Crime 19.4
Dying Illness and Death 19
Becoming the victim of a property crime Crime 18.6
Sexual assault by someone you know Crime 18.1
Whites no longer being the majority in the US Immigration/Demographic change 17.9
Murder by someone you know Crime 17.5
Stalking Crime 17.4
Small enclosed spaces Personal Fears 16.8
Needles Personal Fears 16.7
Computers replacing people in the workforce Technology 16.6
Technology I don’t understand Technology 15.7
Large volcanic eruption Natural Disasters 15
Germs Personal Fears 14.9
Flying Personal Fears 12.1
Blood Personal Fears 11.7
Animals (dogs, rats, etc). Personal Fears 10.9
Significant other cheating on you Relationships 10.2
Zombies Personal Fears 10.2
Strangers Personal Fears 9.8
Ghosts Personal Fears 8.9
Clowns Personal Fears 7.8
Others talking about you behind your back Relationships 6.8

 

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