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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Friday, October 31, 2003
Posted 3:19 PM by Kevin
The New York Times is reporting that Democratic candidate Howard Dean will have to reconcile his previous views on gun control with his current stance, the latter of which is somewhat hazy (login required.) Apparently, in 1992, while campaigning for the governor's chair in Vermont, Dean filled out an NRA questionnaire stating that he opposed any restrictions on assault weapons. A Dean spokeswoman has claimed that Dean was referring only to a state ban, but the question from the NRA specifically addressed both federal and state law.

Hmm. The article asserts that gun control tends to be a wedge issue for Democrats, about which I'm not convinced. It seems unlikely that Dean could have gotten elected in a state like Vermont without opposing gun control, and it's true that Democrats in Vermont, like those in my home state of Wisconsin, tend to be more gun-loving than is the norm. So, what plays to the left in there might not elsewhere. Personally, I'd like to see Dean take a consistent stand on the issue. All things being equal, I can't see Democrats choosing someone else over him solely based on an anti-gun control stance. These days, there are bigger issues to tackle and I think Dean might win some support among moderates by opposing certain types of gun control but most of all for being consistent.

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