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    minds and develop a more educated national consensus.

    The polls I've seen show a majority of American support the assault weapons ban.

    Just a few years ago, polls showed the majorities opposed marriage equality and the decriminalization of marijuana and progressive Democrats showed courage and leadership by supporting both. And, now we see 10% to 15% improvements in polls within just a few years.

    I'm not familiar with the details of the assault weapons ban,  and I realize the guns in the crime this morning were "only" semi-automatic handguns, -- but the point is to bust up this  wrong meme that we can not discuss any sensible attempts to control excess gun violence at times of grief needs push-back.

    I see no reason to expect we will lose Senate seats by a supporting bans on assault weapons that will be favored by vast majorities of voters with even just a small amount of leadership.

    The NRA has spent vast amount against nearly all of our Democratic Senate candidate as a matter of course, even  when they oppose gun control.

    What and see if public sentiment does not move sharply in a new direction immediately.  Let's get ahead of it, and use it to get a House Speaker Pelosi by 2014.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:36:17 PM PST

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