The Cultural Divide Over Guns

For many, Washington’s stalemate over gun control is viewed as just another example of “broken Washington.” Republicans, supported by the National Rifle Association, oppose gun control efforts. Democrats, supported by anti-gun lobbies, favor it. The result is no movement.

But the real story is more complicated than that. When you get down to it, guns and gun control are cultural issues in the United States. They are about where people live and the values and traditions they grew up around. Go through most sets of numbers on guns and gun control, from polling figures to actual real-world data, and a few trends repeat themselves. [cont.]

Dante Chinni, Wall Street Journal

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