3/26/2008

Will Clinton and Obama get pinned down on gun issues during Philadelphia Debate?

I am less optimistic than reporter Linda Douglass:

"When Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton square off in an April 16 debate in Philadelphia, they may be forced to spend time discussing an issue neither has talked much about in this campaign: gun control," Linda Douglass writes at national journal.com.

"April 16 will mark one year since the murder of 32 students at Virginia Tech, the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will stage events around the country that day calling for stronger gun regulations, and for the candidates, gun control will be thrust on the table suddenly and unavoidably," the writer said.

"Guns are an especially potent issue in Pennsylvania, which is home to 300,000 members of the National Rifle Association — the highest per capita NRA membership in the country, according to Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. A 2002 Quinnipiac University poll found that 42 percent of Pennsylvania households have guns, including 54 percent of union households, a key Democratic constituency. . . .

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Blogger Conservatarian said...

From the article:

Gun issues also stir up passions in Pennsylvania for another very different reason. Philadelphia has experienced an epidemic of gun killings: 331 people were shot to death last year, 321 with handguns.

I think I remember from your 1996 study that when that Philadelphia was excepted when Pennsylvania adopted concealed carry. Is that still true? Does that, perhaps, explain the high Philadelphia gun violence rate?

3/26/2008 4:27 PM  

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