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    • ARTH
    • 23.07.12 | 17:42 (IDT)

    There are people in the USA who will vote for a candidate based on his stance on gun control issues. There are certain sectors of the population, usually rural or semi-rural, who use guns in their farming, in their hunting and in their defense. This sector constitutes a far most significant "swing vote" than any Jews, who are justifiably loyal voters for the Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. The problem with regard to the gun control issue in the USA is the diversity of living situations which exist in the USA: rural, urban, suburban, semi urban etc. That means that a given set of policies which would be entirely appropriate for one environment, are not at all appropriate for another. There is no issue for which this is more true than gun control: The urbanites want it but those in rural areas consider the gun a necessary tool of their lives and also a part of their culture. Therefore: If a person would be more likely to vote Democratic if the wedge issue of gun control was removed from the political and policy calculus, then this issue has to be overlooked, at the expense of the urbanites and suburbanites.

    from the article: U.S. Jews support gun control, but the political debate ignores it
    First published 12:56 23.07.12 | Last updated 12:56 23.07.12
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