It is only because so many people in this country believe things that are demonstrably, incontrovertibly wrong that we do not find this more alarming. We’ve simply become used to it and we hardly flinch when we see True Believers, with the fires of sincerity burning in their eyes, insisting that whatever fantasy occupies the far right at the moment is true. It is odd that labeling these delusions as part of our political or religious beliefs inoculates them from the kind of reaction they would get if “Muslims” was replaced with “unicorns.”
In a similar vein, Charles M. Blow with the New York Times:
One of the reasons cited was Americans’ inverse understanding of the reality and perception of crime in this country. As the report spells out, in the 1990s, people’s perception of the prevalence of crime fell in concert with actual instances of violent crime. But since the turn of the century, things have changed: “A majority of Americans (63 percent) said in a Gallup survey last year that crime was on the rise, despite crime statistics holding near 20-year lows.”
He’s asking if the National Rifle Association has won.