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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:13 PM

What Gun Control Debate Can Learn From Marriage Equality

Hardball host Chris Matthews made the case this week that the debate about gun control and same-sex marriage have a common theme — the pursuit of personal freedom.

"The difference here is doing harm to others," Matthews said in his "Let Me Finish" comment at the end of Friday's show.

"Two people getting married doesn’t hurt someone else’s marriage — nor does it reduce its reverence or love," he continued. "Having a gun in the wrong hands — freedom for that person — can mean death for lots of others. That is where the desire for freedom jumps the tracks."

During a discussion of what the two debates have in common, Joe Solmonese, former president of the Human Rights Campaign, pointed out that the country seems to be evolving on gun control because of the emergence of personal stories that weigh heavily on American voters. He said that tactic made the difference in public opinion on marriage equality.


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