Republicans v. Democrats: How Gun Control Is Different.

Rarely in Washington does an issue come to light that does not have a predetermined political outcome. The fiscal cliff (or non-fiscal cliff as I called it) was decided by both Democrats and Republicans long before December 31st.

The raising of the debt ceiling has already been decided by the Beltway movers and shakers. You’ll see a lot of media hype about it, but reset assured–the deals have already been struck.

2But, gun control is different.  Very different.  It’s not politics as usual.  Deals aren’t being cut behind the scenes and the banter between the two parties is very much real.  And, very much hateful.

The last time I saw this happen was the Affordable Care Act.  From the White House point of view, you were either on the train or in front of it.  It was about principle. But, even as contested as ACA was it wasn’t as heated as gun control.

Gun control has gotten personal for the Obama administration.  And rightfully so.  Never before has an organization—in this case the NRA—targeted this or any other president’s children.  Up until now, the very ideal has always been off limits.  Here’s the short 36 second version:

Chris Matthews of MSNBC calls extremist gun owners “the crazies—the worst of the worst.” Take a look at this video:

Regardless of where you stand on the 2nd Amendment and gun control, there should be some common ground for the reasonable thinking people in America.  In fact, there seems to be some things in common.

On January 2, 2013, 52% of people polled in one survey said that serious measures needed to be taken to control the sale of guns and ammunition.  On January 17, 2013, 68% of people polled agreed that serious measure needed to be taken. 

Those measures depend on which part of the country you live in.  But, the point is clear: most– if not all –Americans are tired of seeing mass shooting in the news.  And tired of seeing children being killed by assault type weapons.

The more the GOP moves in the opposite direction of some kind of gun control and the more the NRA propagates extremists, the more people will call for tougher control over weapons.  Backlash? 


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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