With elections all over the nation happening on Tuesday and early voting already underway for a while now, campaign season is almost over.
During that time, gun control started out as a huge issue, one Democrats and gun control groups alike thought would turn out to be a winner. Yet, as I suspect Tuesday’s results will show, people weren’t moved by their anti-gun arguments.
Why is that?
After all, we can’t just be content with the win. Seriously, we can’t. It’s vital we understand just why gun control isn’t doing well in general so we can continue to replicate that success in the future.
And there are theories as to why that’s the case. NSSF takes a look at Florida as an example.
National gun control groups are flailing. They can’t understand why voters won’t give up their rights. The groups continue insisting Florida voters want stricter gun control but repeating it ad nauseam won’t make it reality. They’re even targeting Florida voters based solely on race. It’s disgusting. The Second Amendment is for all law-abiding Americans.
Florida voters themselves are telling a different story. They care about crime, holding criminals accountable and their right to protect themselves. Those themes were apparent once again as the state’s candidates for governor faced off in their only debate. NSSF’s #GUNVOTE® is reminding all voters Election Day is Nov. 8.
Numerous polls show not only that gun control doesn’t rank among the top issues voters care about leading up to Election Day, but also that support for banning “commonly-owned” and “commonly-used” MSRs is at an all-time low. NSSF data shows there are more than 24.4million MSRs in circulation today, more than there are Ford F-150 pickups on the road.
In other words, despite the horrors of Uvalde, there just isn’t this broad support for gun bans. People seem to realize that Uvalde was a law enforcement failure more than anything else, and while there is a vocal portion of the population screaming about banning guns like the AR-15, that group is loud, not massive.
Then there is the crime issue, which the above-linked piece also delves into. It focuses on Crist’s history and politics, but the truth of the matter is that most people recognize that anti-gun doesn’t mean anti-crime. They see gun control policies in cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco and they see how spectacularly they fail to keep guns out of criminal hands.
Gun control also can’t sway people from being concerned about the economy.
While so-called gun violence impacts a lot of people to some degree or another, inflation is hammering pretty much everyone. I know some don’t think it’s really that big of an issue, but when you realize they get paychecks with a whole lot of zeroes in them, you can understand why they don’t feel the heat.
Most voters do, though, so gun control gets pushed down in importance.
That brings us to whether this is something that we can replicate. After all, mass shootings aren’t likely to just disappear from our society–they still happen in other countries, after all, so why would they just vanish here? We also can’t count on economics to play as big of a factor in every election cycle. A good economy is just expected to continue being good, at least based on how most seem to vote.
And, unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for that.
But I do know that this year isn’t that much of an anomaly. Anti-gun sentiment may exist, but it’s rarely as big of a priority for them as it is for gun rights supporters.
Still, it’s clear that so long as gun control isn’t a big priority, there’s a very good chance at beating it back.