Weer'd Beard takes a look at the current big picture on the 2nd Amendment front in politics, and offers his opinions on some of the current GOP candidates.
Of course, when you're deeply involved in an issue, sometimes it's easy to forget that most people don't care about it as much as you do.
The problem with the vast majority of politicians, both Dems and GOP, on 2A issues is that these issues are simply not really on their radar. For every Bloomberg who has made gun politics a core issue of their political persona, there are hundreds for whom it ranks in attention and importance somewhere between school lunches and workplace smoking policies.
The current front-runners in the GOP race are exemplars of this: They are neither specifically pro-gun nor anti-gun, but rather they are mostly pro-reelection and pro-political-party-power. (I don't get too ecstatic to find out that a politician has a toter's permit; I mean, so does Diane Feinstein.) And there's not anything specifically wrong with that from a political standpoint; if you have an agenda, you need to get elected and have party backing to implement it. I'm just not sure how much of anything that's really important to me shows up on these people's agendas.
Generally, they’re probably vaguely in favor of hunters shooting ducks and granny being able to keep a .38 in her purse if she takes a training class and dope dealers shouldn’t have machine guns and that’s probably the extent of the thought they’ve put into guns and gun rights.
Other than that, they’ll vote or veto or sign whatever their handlers and consultants tell them will poll well.