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Gun control is loosing its political muscle. Independents are 57% in support of either keeping gun laws the same, or making them weaker.
(Still, 52% want tougher gun laws, due to 91% Democratic support, but it is historically low)
I was shocked to find out that the Republican Lincoln Chafee is now a gun rights supporter.
There were 5 liberal-moderate Republicans in the 1996 to 2001 period:
Susan Collins, of Maine
Olympia Snow of Maine
Jim Jeffords of Vermont
John/Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island
Arlene Specter of Pennsylvania
The Maine Senators opposed the assault weapons ban, but I think the others supported it (I'm not 100% sure).
Now Lincoln Chafee is pro gun-rights.
So even the northeastern moderates, of yesterday, are pro-gun.
This cant be good news for Democrats.
(Support for handgun ban dropped to 19% today, while it was 25% a year ago. Most Americans supported the outright ban for decades, when modern polling began in 1959.)
Edited by LamarkNewAge,
49 to 45 opposition among all Americans.
So support for tougher gun laws is about equal to those who want laws weaker or the same.
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