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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:55:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2013 4:58:19 AM EDT by a555]
Poll inbound.

I'm curious how many single issue voters there are. I am one of them. It's my belief that our government can try anything they want when it comes to policy. Provided the people are well armed, Americans can succeed in spite of a fucked up government; and a well armed populace can prevent a benevolent administration from being replaced by one that isn't. All other issues: fiscal policy, abortion, et cetera take a back seat.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:56:21 AM EDT
I am a single issue voter on 2nd ammendment rights, everything else is second with me.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:58:03 AM EDT
I'm not a single issue voter but a candidates views on guns is more of a litmus test for me
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:59:04 AM EDT
yes





roy d...cuz it's the only one that really counts
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:59:11 AM EDT
The 2A is highly important to me but a candidates stance on taxes is equally important.

I figure it this way, a politician that does not respect the second amendment has no reason to up hold any of the rest of the Bill of Rights or Constitution.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:59:30 AM EDT
I guess I'm a single issue voter, but the thing is, I'm a moderate. I don't believe everything Republicans do, or everything Democrats do, but I do believe in a little of both. The 2A, being the tipping point for me nudges me over the line into voting for Republicans, and probably always will.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:01:21 AM EDT
I voted yes, not because I'm a single issue voter but because a candidate with strong support of the 2A is a strong supporter of the entire constitution and the rule of law.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:01:38 AM EDT
Yes.

It is an excellent litmus test for all other values.

If a person doesn't understand the 2nd Amendment, they don't understand other rights and values, either.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:03:00 AM EDT
If they are anti-gun, I will not vote for them at all. If they are pro-gun or even moderately gun friendly, they get lumped into my group to chose from based on other issues. Of course these days it seems easier than ever for me. If they are anti-gun, normally they don't do anything else I agree with either.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:03:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2013 5:07:02 AM EDT by PlaneJane]
I'm a single issue voter. Every time the polls are open, I'll vote for the guy most likely to defeat the Democrat. I may have to rethink this at some point, but it's worked for me so far in terms of picking a candidate.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:03:22 AM EDT
Hell no.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:03:41 AM EDT
I am.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:04:45 AM EDT
I voted yes, within reason. If you're a strong supporter of the 2A, but you have some other view that is so outlandish that I just can't get behind it, well, I'm gonna have to vote for somebody else. I'm really not sure what that would be though.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:05:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tc556guy:
I'm not a single issue voter but a candidates views on guns is more of a litmus test for me


This. The stance on other issues of pro 2A politician will almost always fall closer to mine than an anti.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:11:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PlaneJane:
I'm a single issue voter. Every time the polls are open, I'll vote for the guy most likely to defeat the Democrat. I may have to rethink this at some point, but it's worked for me so far in terms of picking a candidate.


I like this.

Mornin' Jane.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:18:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By LoC:
I am a single issue voter on 2nd ammendment rights, everything else is second with me.


Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:21:03 AM EDT
The way I vote is based on a weighted system. Certain issues carry more weight than others, but the 2nd is always near the top.

It also depends on what office the candidate is running for. Even for President ( only in the primaries, as I wouldn't ever vote democrat ), if he isn't quite as strong as I would like on the 2nd, he may still receive my vote, depending on the makeup of the senate and house that is there to influence the policy.

Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:21:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By raysheen:
Mornin' Jane.

Mornin', cheri.

Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:23:25 AM EDT
Gun rights first.

Everything else second.

I will cast my vote with the candidate whom I feel offers me the best combination of support of my rights and the best chance to win. If that means voting for an NRA "B+" or "A-" who I think has a shot to win over an "A+" candidate who hasn't got a snowballs chance in hell...I'll do it, only because I have to in order to avoid an F candidate.


BTW when are they going to introduce the "F-" grade? We really need it now...
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:25:29 AM EDT
For me it is property taxes. Everything else is a secondary issue.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:25:51 AM EDT
Guns first everything else second , social issues=who cares ,
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:28:44 AM EDT
There is more to running the government than a single issue.

Economic policy
Foreign policy
Protection of all rights
Judge appointments
Etc
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:35:59 AM EDT
I won't vote for an anti-gun candidate, but I also wouldn't vote for a pro-gun candidate who promoted economic socialism either.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:37:01 AM EDT
I will vote for the most pro-gun candidate that has a chance of getting elected.

Thankfully, in three decades of voting, every single local state or federal election has involved a barking moonbat on the democrat ticket and it's an easy choice to vote against them.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:39:46 AM EDT
The 2nd comes first.

If we lose that we lose everything.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:49:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By whiskerz:
Guns first everything else second , social issues=who cares ,


At this point, all I care about is that I don't have to pay for it, whatever it is.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:49:41 AM EDT
Ultimately not single issue for me, but it weighs VERY heavily into who gets my vote. At the primary level & lower it often is the sole deciding factor.

Guess I'm biased, but 2A single issue voters make a hell of a lot more sense to me than Roe-V-Wade single issue voters, but I'd pretty much guarantee those folks outnumber 2A ones by an enormous margin.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:51:47 AM EDT
I am not a single issue voter but I gave the NRA-ILA a lot more money than I gave any candidate.

Link Posted: 1/21/2013 5:59:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tc556guy:
I'm not a single issue voter but a candidates views on guns is more of a litmus test for me


How a candidate feels about guns says about about their stances on other issues that are also important to me.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:01:37 AM EDT
Guns first. Guns only. I've been told by arfcom I'm dumb.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:01:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By LoC:
I am a single issue voter on 2nd ammendment rights, everything else is second with me.


Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:03:00 AM EDT
Well all are to a certain extent. Whatever you prioritize will be your defining factor.

That definitely makes me a single issue voter. NRA rating plus party affiliation plus record = where I vote.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:04:29 AM EDT
I wouldn't say that I am a single issue voter..............

HOWEVER

I vote for the candidate that is going to promote liberty over control. The 2A is a natural extension of that, so it is a top issue for me that usually signals that a candidate is either trying to help the people, or not.

If they are trying to help, and are logical, they cannot see guns as the reason people kill people. it is merely the tool used, and if removed from society, a new tool will emerge. Killing won't stop, though. Just become different, and likely more violent.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:09:45 AM EDT
I check guns record first (incumbent) Example we had a Democrat that was in the state house for two terms. He got beat running for his third. Next go around he ran for the state senate and he had an impeccable gun rights history. Voted for allowing guns in restaurants, not making Carry permits open record, allowing loaded long guns in a vehicle and voted to eliminate the thumbprint for purchase hell he even co sponsored some. He is a blue dog dem for sure. So had he been running against a RINO or a FUDD I probably voted for him but due to redistricting I didn't have to make that choice.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:10:41 AM EDT
I'm not a single issue voter, but I've found that the candidates who strongly support the second tend to also support the other issues that are important to me.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:11:18 AM EDT
This is me. The 2A issue works as a great filter. If a politician doesn't support the 2A, it says a lot about how they view their constituents.


Originally Posted By MurdocUSA:
I voted yes, not because I'm a single issue voter but because a candidate with strong support of the 2A is a strong supporter of the entire constitution and the rule of law.


Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:14:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dfowler21:
This is me. The 2A issue works as a great filter. If a politician doesn't support the 2A, it says a lot about how they view their constituents.


Originally Posted By MurdocUSA:
I voted yes, not because I'm a single issue voter but because a candidate with strong support of the 2A is a strong supporter of the entire constitution and the rule of law.




Serf, Slave or Citizen. The first two consist of anti 2nd viewpoints.

It sure as hell is a litmus test. Generally if they are pro 2nd, I'm pro most of the rest of their garbage. It's rare that I've had to make the distinction further at the polling booth.

[ ] Shot in the back of the head in a ditch.

[ ] Free man.

Not a tough choice.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:17:43 AM EDT
I'm not a single issue voter by a long shot. While I agree many laws are useful and perhaps warranted the reality is every time a law is passed we lose more liberty. Same goes for every regulation, blah blah blah. People that run for office that are obviously they types that want to legislate how we live do not get my vote, regardless of party.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:18:57 AM EDT
My single issue is freedom.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:24:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2013 6:27:26 AM EDT by mousehunter]
I have several issues that I do not compromise on. After those issues are met, I will consider the rest of the package. Voting single issue because I will not consider a bastard that does not meet my non negotiable criteria first. Voted NO because the 2nd is not my only non-negotiable.

For what its worth, most Texas Republicans meet most of my non-negotiable criteria. A few years ago, I could have said the same for most Texas Democrats - but by and large that is no longer the case - they poisoned their party for me.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:28:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By cbsaf:
If they are anti-gun, I will not vote for them at all. If they are pro-gun or even moderately gun friendly, they get lumped into my group to chose from based on other issues. Of course these days it seems easier than ever for me. If they are anti-gun, normally they don't do anything else I agree with either.


This is my view as well, and probably stated better than I would have done.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:34:31 AM EDT
I had a slightly tough time this election because I felt like I had to choose between two very uncertain 2A supporters. I agreed with a lot of the policies and ideas held by Pres. Obama in regards to things like abortion - that should not even be an issue in politics and it should be up to the woman. I'm not about to tell some teenage girl who made a mistake and wants to prevent herself from raising a child in absolute poverty that she has to have that baby.

The more I got into the election coverage though, I found myself stuck on the firearms issue because I have a sincere desire to keep what I have so that I can continue to maintain my shooting skills in light of very infrequent hands-on weapon time in the National Guard.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:37:38 AM EDT
Voting has always been easy for me. I just open my NRA magazine and look at the ratings.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:38:08 AM EDT
It helps but it doesn't guarantee my vote. I feel stronger on the abortion issue than 2a. And I feel pretty damned strong about the 2a.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:40:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tc556guy:
I'm not a single issue voter but a candidates views on guns is more of a litmus test for me


This.

Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:41:51 AM EDT
In this day and age, if they won't stand up for opposing any and ALL new gun control legislation, then I don't think they will stand up for anything else I care about.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:43:49 AM EDT
Answered yes, but will qualify.

Most of the time, when useless gun restrictions aren't on the table, it is not the most important. However when the "gun control advocates" get froggy, like now, my vote gets real narrow in a hurry.

As it stands my Representative and two Senators are all saying the right things, so it should be easy in the mid terms.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:44:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By LoC:
I am a single issue voter on 2nd ammendment rights, everything else is second with me.


Likewise.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 6:46:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mach:
The 2nd comes first.

If we lose that we lose everything.

There it is...
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