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  •  what fascinates me about the polling (3+ / 0-)

    is they ask about the policy of comprehensive background checks, it gets overwhelming support.  If they ask about "new gun regulations," it drops a lot, and the reason is people think that the laws are a lot tougher than they actually are.  (Other areas where this belief is common is regulation of mortgage lending and limitations on the ability to fire workers "at will.")  

    It is therefore the job of the legislature to check the democratic tendency of being uninformed  (not necessarily a criticism: there's a lot of information to not know) and pass the laws people already have wanted.  Pryor almost makes a virtue of pandering to the lowest common denominator, to justify his own lack of policy chops by misunderstanding that the role of a "representative" is sometimes to represent the interests of voters as they should be, not as they are.  He doesn't even rise to the level of cynical.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 08:53:00 AM PDT

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    •  ignorance and apathy...they depend on it... (5+ / 0-)
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      FogCityJohn, Miggles, Loge, a2nite, TheFern

      and it's a winning strategy...

      To dig deeper into this confusion, we introduced a new series of questions. We asked this same group of voters whether or not specific laws were already on the books. Of the 50 percent of people who prefer enforcement over new laws — over half of whom are gun owners — 48 percent told us that federal laws prohibit the purchase of a weapon privately or at a gun show without a background check, while 10 percent simply admitted not knowing the rules. In other words, about 6 out of 10 people who believe we just need to do a better job of enforcing existing laws don’t realize that those laws are far weaker than they think. And just under half of those who want better enforcement don’t know that military-style assault weapons are, in fact, legal.


      We are not broke, we are being robbed.

      by Glen The Plumber on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:26:32 AM PDT

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