Nash 2.5 says:
The change in attitudes towards guns is part of a much more fundamental change in US politics, which I’ve been watching evolve since the late 1960′s.
The political center of gravity in the USA, after forty years of moving to the right, now seems to be moving to the left. This is of profound importance. I think all the elements are there for this to be a long-term, multi-decade trend, not just a temporary reversal.
It’s bigger than Obama. He and his staff certainly recognized the potential for this shift and have brilliantly exploited it, using social media for organizing. I won’t deny that Obama has played an important role in this change but, as I said, it’s bigger than him. He’s just riding the crest of the wave.
One piece of evidence is the changing attitudes of college students. They are now becoming much more interested in politics. Their interest is driven by two insecurities: they are worried about the environment, and they are worried about the economy. They do not take their own long-term survival for granted, as baby boomers (like me) did when we were young.
Every semester I poll my economics students on whether they consider themselves “liberal” or “conservative.” After many years with no changes, in just the last year, I have seen the numbers change significantly with a strong shift towards “liberal” economic policies. They are moving to the left because the left has better answers to their questions.
Another piece of evidence is the increasing hysteria on the right wing. They KNOW the country is changing course, and they are confused and angry. They tried everything, voter suppression, removing limits on campaign financing, and they even have their own 24/7 propaganda network, Fox News. It didn’t work. They lost the election. And the indications are that they are going lose many more in the future. — Nash 2.5