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  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    April 15, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    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 claims.

  • Timj South Jordan, UT
    April 15, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    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...

  • KDave Moab, UT
    April 15, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    You speak in jest, but Britain already has strict knife control laws. You think the TSA is tough?