one issue voter?


January 25, 2003, 08:51 PM
On the subject of gun control. are you a "one issue voter?"

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January 25, 2003, 09:09 PM
I vote Libertarian because I feel we have way to much governement in general. But I guess since I REFUSE to vote for some people because of thier position on Gun Control, than maybe I should have checked yes. I'm so confused!!!

January 25, 2003, 09:16 PM

If they don't trust me with anything tactical, I don't trust them with anything strategic.

January 25, 2003, 09:34 PM
Yup ! :)

January 25, 2003, 09:42 PM
pretty much yes, im libertarian by the way, if one isnt availiable i normally go republican

January 25, 2003, 09:52 PM
One issue, yep.

January 25, 2003, 09:54 PM
I didn't used to be but I'm certainly getting there. Last election that was my #1 issue, almost my only issue, to decide my vote. I do have a couple more though. I think for local and state offices I'll be almost a one issue voter with the issue being guns of course. For national elections it is more complicated and I have several issues that are important enough that each one alone can almost be enough to decide against someone if they are on the wrong side.

January 25, 2003, 09:58 PM
Definitely a single issue voter.

If policritters do not trust me with a gun, why should I trust them with government?

January 25, 2003, 10:16 PM
I am a one issue voter!

January 25, 2003, 10:21 PM
Yup. Because it's the ONLY issue that's vital.

January 25, 2003, 10:24 PM
No, but 2nd Amendment issues weigh more than any in my choice. I have never voted for anyone that is luke warm or anti on the gun issues.

Bob Locke
January 25, 2003, 10:25 PM

I've seen some candidates who are really good on 2A issues who stink to high Heaven on other issues that are important to me, too. They do NOT get my vote simply for being good on 2A (or any of the other issues).

I will, on the other hand, disqualify a candidate for being BAD on 2A (or those other aforementioned issues).

January 25, 2003, 10:26 PM
One issue: pro-individual-rights.

Art Eatman
January 25, 2003, 10:35 PM
One thing about a pro-gun political candidate: It's generally difficult to be pro-gun in Modern America without being a fairly strong, confident person. Tied to pro-gun, generally, is an individualistic view of how one goes through life. A sense of responsibility for consequences seems to me to part of such a person.

This sort of candidate generally seems less likely to vote in favor of socialistic legislation.

So, I would rather have this sort of person in office, even if I disagree with the views on such as environment or foreign affairs. I'd rather try to change these sorts of opinions than to try to persuade a legislator not to vote against me on a gun bill--haven't had much luck with this latter problem.

One's view of the Bill of Rights is a pretty good litmus test as to somebody's views of individual sovereignty, liberty, patriotism and lots of other things of importance to me.


January 25, 2003, 10:55 PM
Yes. A candidate has to prove to me that they will support our 2nd amend. right or they do not get my vote. I've been burned a few times by candidates who would not take a stand during their campaign just to vote anti when they get elected. Silence about gun rights is a tip off about where they stand on the issue. :scrutiny:

Joe Gunns
January 25, 2003, 11:09 PM
Yes. Used to vote for the individuals I felt were the most competent. Then one day I asked myself, "Self, why do you want a competent, effective person in office who will be highly successful in getting legislation passed to which you are fundamentally opposed?" Now I will vote for the dope with whom I have the most agreement rather than the "best and brightest." And I have found that a candidate's 2nd A stand works as my political Occum's Razor: Rarely have I had a serious problem with a candidate's other views if their 2nd A stand is solid.

January 25, 2003, 11:12 PM
Fortunately I don't have to be. I know that when I vote, it is against everything the Liberals stand for.

January 25, 2003, 11:18 PM

I cannot improve on what Art Eatman said. If they're solid on 2nd amendment, they're usually good on other issues, too.


Standing Wolf
January 25, 2003, 11:28 PM
If a candidate isn't rock-solidly pro-Second Amendment, I'll vote against him or her.

January 25, 2003, 11:43 PM
Art said it :
One's view of the Bill of Rights is a pretty good litmus test as to somebody's views of individual sovereignty, liberty, patriotism and lots of other things of importance to me.

The issue is Liberty. While there are some candidates who will mouth pro-liberty words, a simple check of their record will see whether they believe them or are simply saying what they think we want to hear.

January 25, 2003, 11:57 PM
Every election for every office at every level brings out at least a dozen candidates. If not one can at least bring himself to support the 2nd, then I'll bring the rope.

January 26, 2003, 12:33 AM

January 26, 2003, 03:12 AM
Nope. I believe now, I can make my voice heard on several issues, not just one.

January 26, 2003, 09:17 AM
Really I suppose I am a two issue voter...guns and taxes.
But if it came down to it, guns would be the one issue I would vote for even if the candidate didn't favor lower taxes.

January 26, 2003, 09:22 AM

January 26, 2003, 09:39 AM

Wonderfully written.


January 26, 2003, 11:59 AM
Yep, pretty much. I see the 2nd as more than just "gun" rights, I see it as a flag to individual rights. I vote for the politician that fights to protects my rights and they are usually pro gun also.

January 26, 2003, 01:41 PM
Yes I am a one issue voter. The way I see it is, if a politician lacks strong pro-Second Amendment leanings, then he/she really has no business in politics. Pretending to defend and uphold Constitution under oath while doing the exact opposite is synonymous with treason. Sadly, we have alot of traitors in politics. :(

January 26, 2003, 03:45 PM
I voted no, but I want to clarify that, I am a Libertarian and have always voted for that canidate, and know of no Libertarian canidate that isn't super on 2nd amendent rights. If there is no Libertarian canidate, which happens to often, I look at the other canidates gun rights records. I then vote for whoever has the best gun rights record, only if they are equally matched on this do I look farther. Jim.

January 26, 2003, 05:54 PM
Yes. If the politician dosn't support the RKBA then little else matters. Usually the ones that do, few here in MD, share my views on other issues.

January 26, 2003, 06:52 PM
What Art said.

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