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Guns, Abortion and Political Realities

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This week's tragedy at Virginia Tech and a decision by the US Supreme Court have revived debate on the right to bear arms and a woman's right to abortion.  Based on public opinion, it ought to be easier to enact new gun controls than to limit abortion but, in fact, it's not.  Majorities of Americans support both--with restrictions, but conservative minorities are dominating the debates on policy.  Why are Democrats backing away from an issue that matters to their liberal base?  Will Republicans end up hurting their cause by pushing too hard to please conservatives? Has framing both issues in absolute terms made compromise unattainable?

Credits

Guests:
Jacob Weisberg - Slate Group - @jacobwe, J. David Woodard - Clemson University - @ClemsonNews, Dane Strother - Democratic consultant with Strother Duffy Strother, Ann Stone - Trump campaign / Republicans for Choice - @aews

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Vanessa Romo, Christian Bordal