Quinnipiac has released a poll. It shows that when you ask Americans about particular gun law policies, they are very much in favor of (for example) universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. These are positions of President Obama. The NRA, on the other hand, is against universal background checks and any limits at all on assault weapons. So it shouldn’t be surprising what result Quinnipiac gets when they ask, “Who do you think better reflects your views on guns, President Obama or the National Rifle Association?” President Obama, right?
Wrong again, Bob! Americans think that the NRA better reflects their views by 46% to 43% for President Obama. This is yet another reason why we here in America cannot have nice things: we believe in people who not only disagree with us, but who actually work against what we want.
This is nothing new, of course. Ask Americans what they think about pretty much any specific policy, and you will find that America is at worst a center left nation—and probably just a left nation. But ask those same Americans whether they are conservative or liberal and they’ll say conservative.
In the United States, we can’t have nice things because we are a nation of sleep walkers. We vote for vague concepts like “strength” and “justice” even as we get (year after year) poverty and injustice. Even after two months during which the NRA has publicly embarrassed itself time and again—when it has shown itself to be far outside the mainstream of American thought—over half of Americans still think that the NRA speaks for them.
And that, my friends, is why we can’t have nice things.