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Support for Background Checks is Waning - Or Is It?

Posted on the 05 April 2013 by Mikeb302000
 Yahoo News
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer doesn't understand why Congressional support for universal background checks for gun purchases is waning.
"I've been in politics a long time," he said at Politico's Playbook Breakfast Wednesday. "I very rarely run into a 90-percent issue. … Universal background checks are a 90-percent issue."
Ninety percent of Americans supported background checks for all gun buyers in a February 2013 Quinnipiac University poll. A poll released Thursday by the same group showed that 91 percent of registered American voters support background checks.
 When asked why congressional support for the initiatives has wavered, Pfeiffer told Politico's Mike Allen, "There may be people in Washington who certainly might be getting cold feet here, [who] are looking for a way out of making progress here."
But Pfeiffer predicted the current situation would ultimately hurt lawmakers.
"People feel very strongly about this," Pfeiffer said. "There aren't a lot of cardinal rules in politics, and one is, You don't want to get on the wrong side of a 90-percent issue."
Poor Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham. What a dilemma.  They can please the gun lobby and buck the 90% who will vote for them next time around.  Or they can go with the voters and lose the gun lobby monetary support.
I'ts rough out there.
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