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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-13-09 03:20 PM
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3. there is a simple reason why the gun people get their way
The majority of the American people do indeed favor increased gun control; but it is lower on the priority list for them than other issues. For the gun people, gun ownership is usually their first priority, or often their only priority, so the salience of the issue is more important. Simply put, a politician will gain little support by supporting greater gun control even though it has majority support, since few people will decide their vote based on that issue. But a small number of gun owners will switch their vote based on that one issue, and since elections are often very close between candidates, it makes more sense not to push a gun control agenda, since it will gain you no votes, but will lose you some, even if most people would prefer having gun control.

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  -Where can I get a copy of "The Protocols of the Elders of the NRA"? friendly_iconoclast  May-13-09 03:10 PM   #0 
  - Hardy har  mikelgb   May-13-09 03:16 PM   #1 
  - NRA used to be a moderate sportsmans' assoc.  SPedigrees   May-13-09 03:19 PM   #2 
  - there is a simple reason why the gun people get their way  provis99   May-13-09 03:20 PM   #3 
  - I disagree with your first sentence, however the rest of your analysis is largely correct  friendly_iconoclast   May-13-09 03:36 PM   #4 
  - Correct except the majority NO LONGER support greater gun control. n/t  Statistical   May-13-09 07:19 PM   #22 
  - The more interesting question is why the gungeon love for this corporate marketing lobby?  villager   May-13-09 03:57 PM   #5 
  - An even more interesting question is why anti gun bigots throw up strawmen rather than deal with  ProgressiveProfessor   May-13-09 04:08 PM   #6 
  - as you just did? No one here wants to cop to the NRA being the industry lobbying group it is  villager   May-13-09 04:29 PM   #8 
     - I have only seen a few members here that are also NRA members.  Fire_Medic_Dave   May-13-09 06:58 PM   #21 
     - There are formal organizations that lobby for gun and ammo manufacturers, and they are not the NRA  ProgressiveProfessor   May-13-09 07:34 PM   #23 
  - "Corporate Marketing Lobby" - That would be the NSSF, not the NRA  DonP   May-13-09 04:19 PM   #7 
  - And when the NRA hired corporate spies to keep tabs on grassroots groups  villager   May-13-09 04:32 PM   #9 
     - Ah, still sleeping in the poppy fields of Oz (nt)  SteveM   May-13-09 04:37 PM   #11 
     - ah, still unable to respond directly to the link!  villager   May-13-09 04:38 PM   #12 
        - Since you claim the NRA supposedly runs Congress...  friendly_iconoclast   May-13-09 05:52 PM   #16 
           - wait a minute, O NRA Defender -- you're saying the NRA wasn't in cahoots with the other corporations  villager   May-13-09 06:31 PM   #17 
              - Of course they did. There's a leap from that to "They're controlling Congress..."  friendly_iconoclast   May-13-09 06:40 PM   #18 
                 - I think "They're Controlling Congress" is actually your phrase  villager   May-13-09 06:44 PM   #19 
                    - Gun control organizations seem to be terminally disorganized...  friendly_iconoclast   May-13-09 08:31 PM   #25 
                       - by the way, for what it's worth, your OP was fairly offensive, citing the "Protocols"  villager   May-13-09 09:21 PM   #26 
                          - I used "TPoTEoZ" deliberately as an example of political dirty trickery  friendly_iconoclast   May-13-09 11:00 PM   #27 
                             - Not so "Friendly," eh?  villager   May-13-09 11:17 PM   #28 
                                - No. Not when I see the same fraud promulgated over and over again...  friendly_iconoclast   May-14-09 02:06 AM   #29 
     - And you bitch over questionable sources..  X_Digger   May-13-09 05:30 PM   #14 
     - Certainly I prefer environmentalists to NRA types. Here's a CBS link for you, though:  villager   May-13-09 06:47 PM   #20 
     - Ahhhgh, you got us! Yup, one lone woman working as a freelance secret agent ...  DonP   May-13-09 05:51 PM   #15 
  - Actually, the gun-controllers bring up the NRA most often. Like sex organs. (nt)  SteveM   May-13-09 04:36 PM   #10 
  - That must be the same document that says the NRA opposes  benEzra   May-13-09 04:50 PM   #13 
  - Send them a check for a hundred bucks.  jeepnstein   May-13-09 07:51 PM   #24 

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