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  •  The gun issue MUST be debated out in the open, (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, suejazz

    at minimum. If not, then the gun lobby gets to define the issue and own it.

    Maybe a primary would not be successful, but it would show that the gun issue is important, it shows leadership on an important issue and simply doing that can slow the gun lobby's momentum and help save lives.

    Our culture is becoming increasingly blase about guns - and look at the results.

    If Dems brought guns into the debate, that would help change the perception. That is needed. Simply having a debate about guns can raise awareness of the risks, it gives regular people an opening to talk about the issue in public with friends and family, which could actually save lives - "Do you have a gun safe? Do you have a trigger lock?"

    Add PSAs and other "soft" solutions that don't have anything to do with legislation, and you can change attitudes about guns and the risks they pose. That alone could help solve the problem.

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