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6 years 1 day ago, 9:59 AM

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The Knox Report

The Knox Report
From the Firearms Coalition

(November 20, 2008) The reality of the November 4 elections is beginning to settle in and the more people learn about the choices they’ve made, the more concerned they become. It turns out that the McCain campaign’s “Celebrity” commercial was spot-on; Barack Obama was famous for being famous and the masses failed to look behind the curtain or into the promises. What Alan Korwin calls the “lame-stream media” was complicit in the charade as they fawned over Obama and the Democrats while trashing McCain, Palin, the Republicans in Congress, and George W. Bush. The two major parties were also complicit as they have locked up the election process and locked out many highly qualified and worthwhile candidates and ideas. But in the end, it all comes down to the American people and how much attention and consideration they are giving to the health of The Republic.

The simple fact is that the vast majority of citizens pay absolutely no attention to matters of politics and a good percentage of the rest pay only superficial attention. Gunowners turn out for elections at about the same rate as non-gunowners and often have little or no idea about the candidates’ positions on firearms issues. While millions of serious “gun-people” buy Shotgun News and other gun publications almost religiously, many of them never even look at the “political columns” like this one and choose to remain oblivious to the erosion of their rights and the threats certain political philosophies represent.

A documentary filmmaker, exploring the impact of media coverage of the campaigns, took his cameras to a polling place to get a feel for just what Obama voters had learned from the media leading up to the elections. His findings were disturbing. He then commissioned the Zogby polling organization to conduct a poll of Obama voters to determine whether the sample of voters interviewed were representative of the broader, Obama voter universe. The results of this national, scientific poll were nothing short of staggering.

Participants in the interview and the poll were asked 12 simple questions about issues in the campaigns. I haven’t seen the actual poll questions, but here are 9 questions that I know were in the poll; see how many you know:

1. Which political Party currently (at the time of the election) controls the Congress?
2. Which candidate dropped out of a previous bid for President because they were caught plagiarizing?
3. Which candidate has a pregnant teenage daughter?
4. Which candidate stated that their own policy would bankrupt the coal industry and drive up energy rates?
5. Which candidate was supplied with $150,000 worth of clothes from campaign funds?
6. Which candidate couldn’t remember how many homes they owned?
7. Which candidate won their first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot?
8. Which candidate said; “You can see Russia from my house?”
9. Which candidate claimed to have campaigned in 57 states?

Other questions in the interviews asked participants to identify individual people in the news including Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, and Bill Ayers. Though 97% of respondents were high school graduates and over half graduated from college, only 2.4% got at least 11 questions correct and only .5% correctly answered all 12. (That includes the freebie question about seeing Russia. It was actually Tina Fey impersonating Sarah Palin who made that claim so, “None of the above” was the right answer, but participants were given credit if they said Palin.) Most knew the answers to negative questions about McCain and Palin, but were completely oblivious to negative issues regarding Obama and Biden. More than half couldn’t identify which party currently controls Congress.

Whether this truly is evidence of the effects of media bias or simply that Obama voters were not paying attention to anything beyond what would help their candidate to be elected, it’s disconcerting either way.

Demonstrating what I consider to be a related phenomenon; the pro-rights site “Sportsmen for Obama?” noticed that thousands of visitors stopped by looking for information about Obama’s position on guns and gun control – on the day after the election! The traffic pattern leading up to the election was pretty predictable with increased traffic as the election grew closer. The number hovered between 700 and 1,000 until November 3 when it went up to 1,370. Then on November 4, Election Day, it peaked at 1,901. We can give those people the benefit of the doubt and assume they were investigating before they voted, but then on November 5, there were 2,415 visitors – almost a 50% increase over the previous day’s high. This indicates to me that there were a lot of people trying to figure out what they were in for after it was too late to do anything about it.

Unfortunately, the only thing that is likely to cure the apathy is pain and that can only come from our opponents. Let’s hope that it comes in a form that will jolt our fellows out of their slumber and into the fight before it’s too late. Answers to the survey questions can be found at www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

Permission to reprint or post this article in its entirety for non-commercial purposes is hereby granted provided this credit is included. Text is available at www.FirearmsCoalition.org. To receive The Firearms Coalition’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Hard Corps Report, write to PO Box 3313, Manassas, VA 20108.
©Copyright 2008 Neal Knox Associates

6 years 20 hours ago, 8:59 PM

jack010203

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Ya ive seen that somewhere else too, and sadly it is not surprising

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6 years 18 hours ago, 10:26 PM

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We have to many people that will take someone else point of view as truth, but will not look it up for themself to see. They are to lazy or busy to care until it is to late.

"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
5 years 51 weeks ago, 4:18 AM

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The people of today

Its true, the average person these days is quite sloth-like I mean come on.. the majority of obese people in the world are in the US. As a whole the average American is lazy, overweight, and looking for that instant gratification. Rarely is it that you will come across an honest hardworking individual that takes joy and pride in accomplishments of their own as a result of their own blood, sweat, and tears. It'll be a sad country indeed if things continue this way.

"Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6"
5 years 51 weeks ago, 6:05 AM

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Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but your post seems to offer a "fact".
"the majority of obese people in the world are in the USA"......WRONG.
If you study international obesity rate statistics, you will confirm that your statement is not valid.
Let me ask you: how did you determine who is an "average American", and by what set of standards did you find that he/she/they are lazy, overweight and looking for instant gratification? Sounds like a fascinating research study you worked on. You ought to write a book, and be proud to have done so. In addition to earning money, you may win an award from the American Medical Association.
I consider your last two sentences as your personal observations, and do not hesitate to tell you that my observations are directly opposite. In 40 years of work with literally thousands of hardworking Military personnel and Defense/Space industry engineers and scientists, honesty, diligence and devotion to duty always led to great joy and pride in accomplishment, many times with even greater sacrifice than only their blood, sweat and tears.

I am always amazed at the purveyors of doom and gloom, especially after a national election.... They come out of the woodwork and tell us, tacitly, that suddenly they have been given the gift of clairvoyance, and can predict that the Country is going down the tubes. I wonder where these folks were after the 2000 and 2004 national elections...........

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
5 years 51 weeks ago, 6:25 AM

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Pardon me for my incorrect fact stating. After looking it up it seems as of recent years US has become 3rd when it comes to obesity. The Island of Nauru is 1st followed by Australia. Now as for the "average American" I'm going off of what I've seen during my life thus far. Now you say you've worked with Military personnel for 40 years yes? Well a bit of info for you I'm currently serving in the U.S. Army, as of this moment deployed over in Afghanistan. And again as far as Military goes isn't it about only 1% of the entire populace of the US actually serve time? So in that thought yes those people you have worked with over the years are most likely the rare bunch in which I speak of. Besides myself I have other family members who have served and for anyone who has served I only have the utmost respect for. All I meant by what I said was in agreement to what had been said with my opinions tied along with it. The average American, or at least my view of it, certainly does not include those individuals who decide to stand up and serve our country.

"Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6"
5 years 51 weeks ago, 12:58 PM

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fat and lazy

i understand you exactly. don't let LLE make you sound bad. we have over 300 million people in this country and at the last count, 60% were classified obese. people need to look at the actual percentage of people who vote. it is small, and you are correct that most don't care, or are too busy, and just
go off of what someone else says to be fact.
thank you for your service soldier. i served with the corps. in desert storm. if they would have let us do it right, you most likely wouldn't have to be there now.

If you do not stand behind our troops...please stand in front of them....
5 years 51 weeks ago, 1:06 PM

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too. LOL
Just out of shape. Knees gone and C4-C5 arthiritic. Hard to keep in shape. But I do what I can. At 65 I deserve some rest... LOL
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5 years 51 weeks ago, 3:07 PM

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take a swim in the rio

take a swim in the rio grande... easy on the knees

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