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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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