Dr. Harry Wilson: Gun control debate likely off the table (Roanoke College)

The 2016 presidential election is more than a year away, but aspiring candidates already have started the debate on everything from taxes and the economy to immigration and foreign policy.

In next year’s pivotal race for the White House, every issue is in play—with the likely exception of gun control. Unless there’s a mass shooting that garners national attention between now and Election Day, says Harry Wilson, a nationally renowned expert on firearms politics and policy, the question of gun control likely will remain off the table.

In his new book, “The Triumph of the Gun-Rights Argument: Why the Gun Control Debate Is Over,” Wilson, Roanoke College professor of public affairs and director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research (IPOR), explains why the issue essentially has been decided for at least a generation.

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