Forget Fake Polls
by Don Rosenberg, 7/23/2020
Steve Sheldon is a conservative writer and gun enthusiast from the Midwest. His Tuesday article in Townhall, “The Only Poll That Matters,” was a new take on political polling, specifically the fake polls meant to demoralize conservatives so they just give up and stay home in November.
We all know the tricks pollsters use, oversampling Democrats and undersampling Republicans, polling “Adults” or “Registered Voters” instead of likely voters, and sculpting questions to skew the results.
Instead of trying to make sense out of statistical garbage, Sheldon looks at an entirely different set of data – new gun purchases.
“It’s a poll that encompasses the old adage of “putting your money where your mouth is.” Where are Americans putting their money? They’re buying guns by the truckload. The only poll that matters right now is gun sales.”
Sheldon points out that first-time gun owners are making a conscious decision that you and your family’s lives and property are in jeopardy and you are now willing to spend a considerable amount of money to defend them.
“Literally millions of people have made that decision in the past six months. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 19,180,047 firearm background checks conducted by the National Instant Check System (NICS) according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Industry estimates are that roughly 40 percent of those purchases have been new gun owners.”
That’s 7.6 million new gun owners and not just the flyover white conservative men – they already have guns. They include millions of women in inner cities and throughout the country who no longer think the government is able to protect them.
Sheldon makes the point that almost none of these recent buyers are going to be voting for Biden and the Democrats who openly pledge to do everything possible to restrict gun ownership.
He concludes with “How many are suburban mothers who finally realized that they are the only ones who can protect their own families? How many are inner city residents who recognize that Democrats planning to defund their police have created a literal threat to their lives and property which necessitated them purchasing a firearm? How many are from Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, and other Democrat cesspools which have been at war with rioters and looters for a more than a month now and have seen their towns literally burning down around them?”
I encourage you to read the full article, and thank Steve Sheldon for sharing his common sense response to fake polls.