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One of the things that has been mentioned by several members of the panel was the strong reaction from the gun lobby towards any hint of laws regulating firearms.

I have noticed after many discussions with my colleagues is that firearm ownership and protection of those rights has become a touchstone of cultural identity. I would liken the strength of this identity to that of belonging to a particular religion or of national identity. In essence it has become an emotive rather than a rational issue and, as a result, I consistently find myself challenged to connect with those same colleagues when attempting to discuss firearm safety.

Can you comment on your experiences with this phenomenon and any suggestions that you have to work past it, on the personal and on the policy level?