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  •  Most people don't care that much about guns (3+ / 0-)

    RTKBA advocates are single-issue voters.  They will not vote for a candidate who supports reasonable gun control legislation, even if they're otherwise socially liberal or economically populist.  So, there are a lot of possible D votes that elected representatives like Begich or Pryor have to worry about losing.

    The problem is that gun control has wide, but soft, support.  Most voters don't really care all that much as long as they haven't personally been touched by gun violence.  The issue doesn't animate voters on both sides equally, unlike other contentious issues like abortion.

    Republicans just aren't going to lose a lot of votes by blocking gun control, because the people who would rain hellfire upon them if they'd supported the recent measures far outnumber gun control supporters who would otherwise have voted for them.

    •  The James Yeager camp. v everybody else camp (1+ / 0-)
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      Newtown wasn't enough. But the next one is being planned as we speak. In a basement someone is collecting AR's to outscore Lanza because we insist on treating guns like video games. So James Yeager can have his little Barbie Gun hobby.

      guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

      by 88kathy on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:32:11 PM PDT

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    •  Who do these guys really REPRESENT? (1+ / 0-)
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      Voters Do care about how their Senators actually REPRESENT their constituents, which has nothing to do with gun control.

      If it's spelled out for voters in simple 30 second spots, the hot button betrayals where republicans have failed to REPRESENT a simple majority of their district's population, and paint the GOP successfully as a party of voter betrayal, we can accelerate the stampede of independents and disenchanted or open minded republicans.

      The fact is, too many politicians in the republican party have failed to represent the people of their states and districts, on any number of issues, preferring to follow the siren call of the lobbyists and their sponsors. These GOP party hacks have betrayed the public trust, and the very essence of REPRESENTATIVE democracy.

      The issue here is a simple question: "Who do these guys really REPRESENT?"

      "Gun violence places a tremendous burden on America's health care system. Direct medical costs for gunshot wounds total more than six million dollars a day." - The Violence Policy Center

      by Beastly Fool on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 04:05:56 PM PDT

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