And another liberal politician bites the dust. Racism is a big one - the legacy of oppression of a disarmed population by their neighbors, not some distant aristocracy. The overtly authoritarian agenda of the loudest gun control advocates is another. And sheer inertia - the US has been armed to its teeth for centuries, the first country in which an effective, high quality, essentially modern firearm was a normal possession of an ordinary citizen. Everybody else had more of a chance to think about it.