Those who do not want to support legislation to address the issue of gun
violence because of fear of the NRA or so-called "personal values" need
to recognize that his is a national issue and they will have to face the voters
when come the next election.Republicans are afraid because the fear
having to face a more conservative opponent in the next primary. Since only the
most conservative voter turns out during a primary election, the odds are, like
Mitt Romney, they have to appeal to the most conservative of the Party. Any
taint of moderation is verboten.However, when it comes to the
general election, they stand a good chance of defeat because the issue will be
used against them except in extremely conservative states like Utah where over
75% vote Republican or in gerrymandered congressional districts where it
doesn't matter.Nonetheless, the winds have changed. Old
die-hards may stick to their positions, but the number of these voters is
dwindling and moderation coupled with sensibility may emerge once again in the
Republican Party.The Machin-Toomey legislation is a positive start.
The fears of those opposing even a discussion are based upon unsubstantiated
You speak of California as a 3rd world country.Having lived in
California, the Midwest, the South, and the Mountain West, I can honestly say
California was more 1st world than all the others.Of course, to find
the slums you need to leave the comfort of your suburban neighborhood...
You speak in jest, but Britain already has strict knife control laws. You think
the TSA is tough?