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    “Necessity is the mother of political invention,” said Bill Whalen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Republicans are looking at a third straight presidential defeat if they don’t improve their image with Hispanic voters.” He added, “You don’t have a lot of Republicans walking around town saying he lost an election because of our bad relationship with the gun control lobby.”

    A gun bill that is limited to background checks, however, still remains a strong possibility in Congress this year, if the Republican leadership of the House would bring such a measure on the floor. “I was a co-sponsor of a conceal carry bill in Nebraska that had a significant background check component,” said Senator Deb Fischer, a newly elected Republican from Nebraska.

    Such a measure, many gun experts say, may actually do the most to stem gun violence, because it would help keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals. “We might be in a happy place where effectiveness conforms with political feasibility,” said Jon S. Vernick, the co-director of Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:20:26 AM PST

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