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  •  NH is not rural (3+ / 0-)
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    FrankRose, tb mare, Very Long Range

    You may think it is, if you are comparing to MA or RI, but any state with a population density as high as NH simply is not rural.  Rural-type areas in high density states tend to be more like suburbs, even though there are farms and woods.  Neighboring Vermont is far more rural than NH, judging by population density.  I've been to both states, and as a resident of a truly rural state, I can say that NH has a rural impression, until you notice how closely together the small towns are situated.  When you have to drive 20 miles to get groceries, then you are getting into what is rural.

    An interesting list of how states rank in population density, per square mile:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Of the states below the mean density, only 4 can be categorized as "blue" --Minnesota, Maine, Oregon, CO, with NM leaning that way.

    Even rural states have very urban areas, and those areas skew results considerably.  Oregon, for example, has 4 reliably Democratic voting counties and 6 more can swing either way.  Most of the state is very, very red, and the red counties vote Republican every time.  They are outnumbered by the urban county voters and consistently lose on their issues, and those rural, red county voters resent what they consider to be urban intrusion into their lifestyles. I used to live in one of those swing counties, which voted Bush, Kerry, Obama and then Romney.  Oregon elected Gordon Smith and then Merkley--hopefully they'll keep Merkley, but you cannot count on it.  To propose gun control laws is to skate on thin ice in the rural areas.

    •  NH may have trees, but it is NOT rural (1+ / 0-)
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      a2nite

      The entire state of NH will fit into about three (3) counties in Wyoming or Montana or North Dakota or Utah or Nevada or Nebraska etc. etc. etc..

      NH is a suburb compared to eastern Colorado and western Kansas and west Texas and western New Mexico and Oklahoma.

      Then there is Alaska.

      •  Rural is a state of mind (6+ / 0-)

        Ah definitions - since we are talking about how people perceive themselves and their relationship with guns, I thin that NH is both rural and suburban - North of Concord and West of 95 (skip Hanover area) the majority of local voters consider themselves rural residents - now I know there is a lot more real estate out west so population density is naturally thinner but where you have farmers and small schools and people who hunt and fish to supplement their diet ... you have rural sensibilities

        "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"

        by SMucci on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:46:38 PM PDT

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        •  Rural is a state of mind: EXACTLY (1+ / 0-)
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          a2nite

          You are 100% correct. And about 95% of real rural people have the same state of mind when it comes to the 2nd Amendment: they believe in it, some radically so.

          •  What's not to believe in? (8+ / 0-)

            Rural people are not by definition ignorant so they understand the difference between having a gun and some ammunition and unlimited uncontrolled access to weapons designed to kill lots of people in a short amount of time.  There is a radical element in this country but falling hook, line and sinker for the NRA's gun manufacturer's position is not a given outside the radical right... hence the national polls in favor of background checks.

            "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"

            by SMucci on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:37:57 PM PDT

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