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What candidates are NOT talking about, Pt. 2: Guns & marriage equality

October 31, 2012

Hour 2

We’re continuing our look at neglected campaign issues this hour and turning out focus to gun control and gay rights. ¬†Despite several recent high-profile mass shootings, the issue of gun control has hardly been mentioned this election. When it was finally raised as a single question at the second presidential debate,¬†neither candidate gave a satisfactory answer about a ban on assault weapons. ¬†And, while President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage this spring, he’s been relatively silent about his support of it on the campaign trail. ¬†Likewise, Governor Romney hasn’t been overly vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage. This hour, we’ll explore why both these issues have received the silent treatment. ¬†First, Marty talks with ADAM WINKLER, professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms.” ¬†Then, PATRICK EGAN,¬†assistant professor of politics and public policy at New York University explains why the candidates have avoided the subject of gay marriage.

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