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  •  I don't think that's going to work out so well (1+ / 0-)
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    The only folks losing their seats will be Democrats.

    From the MEDIAite analysis:

    "Prior to the Senate’s vote, a number of surveys – including a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll – showed that 90+ percent of adults supported expanded background checks. Subsequent polls have also shown, however, that voters do not view gun control legislation as a priority for Congress. While voters support expanded background checks, they did not see passing new laws as an effective use of lawmakers’ time.

    This does not bode well for groups like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns who have pledged to spend a significant amount of money galvanizing Democratic primary voters to oppose incumbent legislators who opposed the new gun control bill. Surveys show that Democratic primary voters may be predisposed to punish Democratic officeholders who did not support new gun laws. The general electorate, however, is far less amenable to support politicians who champion stricter gun control measures."

    •  maybe if Americans...including gun owners... (3+ / 0-)

      better understood current gun laws...they would have a different opinion...

      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 Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:15:40 AM PDT

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    •  It seems like the Democratic party's answer to (2+ / 0-)
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      the GOP becoming a southern regional party, is to become a coastal regional party.

      Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

      by FrankRose on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:24:03 AM PDT

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    •  what a strange analysis (1+ / 0-)
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      voters want expanded background checks, but they don't want laws expanding background checks because they don't think making laws is an effective use of lawmakers time. lol wut?

      if a Democrat talks like a Republican and votes like a Republican, i don't care if they lose. they SHOULD lose. i held my nose for Obama but it's time that we liberals stop accepting R's in D clothing. if they vote right-wing, they should be treated as right-wing. we should not water our policies down for their sake. for fuck's sake, do you people really think we should be spending ANY amount of effort to get the Dems who voted against this bill re-elected? fucking why? what good is that going to do us?

      Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

      by Boogalord on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:22:11 AM PDT

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