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Most gun control measures get broad public support, including requiring background checks for private and gun show sales (83 percent in a 2019 poll), a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines (61 percent) and a ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons (57 percent). But what matters politically is intensity of support. Getting gun laws through Congress has always been difficult because of single-issue voting by gun rights supporters.
The gun issue drives their votes; for most other voters, it doesn't.
Submitter's note: I'm a one issue voter. I figure that if someone is too dumb to understand gun rights, then they're likely to be just as stupid on other issues.
|"Getting gun laws through Congress has always been difficult because of single-issue voting by gun rights supporters."
Yeah, and that pesky Constitution and SCOTUS precedents keep getting in the way, too.
U.S. v. Miller: protects arms in common use that have militia utility.
D.C. v. Heller: The 2A protects and individual right to keep and bear arms unrelated to membership in a militia, and to use small arms for lawful purposes.
McDonald v. Chicago: The 14A binds the states to 2A protection.
But hey, that doesn't stop the statists from trying.
(Like files at a picnic...)