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American demographics could be countdown to NRA's demise




A membership card for the National Rifle Association (NRA) is seen on January 10, 2013 in Manassas, Virginia.
A membership card for the National Rifle Association (NRA) is seen on January 10, 2013 in Manassas, Virginia.
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One of the country's top scholars on gun laws and politics, UCLA's Adam Winkler, says several demographic trends are skewing against the National Rifle Association and its gun-rights policies.

Writing in "The Washington Post," Winkler says we know opinions on gun-control are fairly consistent by race, education level, and urban proximity - and that white, rural, less educated voters who support the NRA are on the wane.

Winkler underscores the growing population of Latino- and Asian-Americans and details their widespread support of gun control. Add to that the swells in urban populations in recent years, plus relatively low crime levels could all mean an end to the influence of the NRA with members of Congress.

How can Winkler be certain that Latino- and Asian-Americans will continue to favor gun control? Is the NRA reaching out to those populations? If we see a greater uptick in crime in Los Angeles, how would it affect your opinion of various gun control measures?

Guests:

Adam Winkler, Professor of Law, UCLA; Author, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America”

John Lott, Author, “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws