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Health Care and Guns

August 11, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Monday, at President Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire, a protester showed up carrying a loaded handgun. Last week, somebody accidentally dropped a gun at a meet-and-greet held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8] outside of a local Safeway. With members of Congress getting death threats over the health care bill and some town hall meetings dissolving into violence, the appearance of guns at these events is alarming.

But, from a data perspective, it’s not that surprising. As you can see on our page for the House health care bill, there is a correlation. People opposing the health care bill are also big supporters of gun rights. In case it’s not obvious from the names, the first and third bills in the list below, which is from social data generated by OpenCongress users, are prominent gun-rights bills:

Users opposing H.R.3200 (1933) are also:

Supporting Bill

H.R.17 – Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2009 [392]

H.R.25 – Fair Tax Act of 2009 [239]

H.R.197 – National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 [217]

H.R.833 – Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act [111]

H.R.1868 – Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 [110]

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