Newtown didn’t change the politics of guns

… The simple fact is that despite all of the assertions that Newtown had or would change the political dialogue around guns in this country, it wound up reinforcing much of what we already knew about the difficulties of limiting gun rights.

Yes, measures to curb gun control are popular with the public at large. But, Congress isn’t elected by a national vote and the issue of guns, which, for many people is a stand-in for a broader sort of cultural identity, splits along geographic lines — making what a national sample of the public thinks far less relevant. [cont.]

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post

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