A poll from Chapman University shows that Americans fear gun control, Obamacare, and tornadoes more than mass shootings.
In fact, the poll shows that Americans are more fearful of reptiles and extinction than gun crime.
The poll–released October 11–shows that “corrupt government officials” are Americans’ greatest fear. That is followed by a “terror attack, not having enough money for the future, and terrorism.” Fifth on the list of things that scare Americans most are “government restrictions on firearms and ammunition.” And you have to go a long way down the list–yes, past Obamacare, reptiles, tornadoes, and the threat of extinction–before you get to fear of a mass shooting or other crimes committed with a gun.
Here are some of the other things people fear more than mass shootings:
- People I love dying
- Economic/financial collapse
- Identity theft
- People I love becoming seriously ill
- Biological warfare
- Government tracking of personal data
- High medical bills
- The US will be involved in another world war
- Global warming and climate change
- Nuclear weapons attack
- Being hit by a drunk driver
- Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes
- Pandemic or major epidemic
- Corporate tracking of personal information
- Pollution of drinking water
After pollution, Americans fear “break-ins”–and although break-ins do not require a gun, they represent the first thing on the list that could involve one. Following break-ins, Americans fear”widespread civil unrest” and “nuclear accident/meltdown.” And then, finally, a “random/mass shooting.”
Think about it–“Corrupt government officials” are Americans’ number one fear, gun control is number five, and way down on the list–at number 30–is fear of a mass shooting. Such a list is encouraging, because it indicates that Americans have yet to buy into the left’s relentless talk about how unsafe America is and how desperately Americans need government to come save them.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.