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Here's a good article in the Weekly Standard:
We're All Gun Nuts Now - The Democrats sidle up to the Second Amendment.

It has several quotes from Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, including in this snippet:
With both contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination evading the gun control issue as if it were sniper fire, you couldn't blame gun control advocates for feeling bitter. Yet Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence--the pro-gun control counterweight to the National Rifle Association--says Obama and Clinton are "coming fairly close to delivering the message we'd like." On licensing and registering guns, Helmke says, they are "being realistic" in recognizing "there's no support for pushing that forward at this stage." His thoughts on the candidates' ducking questions on the D.C. gun ban? "They're politicians, and most politicians on tough calls do not answer."

The reason Helmke doesn't feel abandoned on licensing, registration, and the D.C. gun ban is that the Brady Campaign has shelved those goals, in favor of a more modest, incrementalist strategy. Though licensing and registration remain official Brady Campaign policy, Helmke says he hasn't even talked about them with anyone on staff since he became president in 2006.

In 2007, Helmke called the appeals court decision striking down the District's gun ban "judicial activism at its worst," but now he gives the impression he wouldn't mind losing the case in the Supreme Court. A loss "could be good politically for the gun control movement and these candidates," he says. "If folks know the Supreme Court's not going to allow anybody to confiscate their guns, then background checks really shouldn't be something you oppose."

Indeed, a loss could create an opening to advance what Helmke calls "middle of the road" issues. He expects both Obama and Clinton to pursue the Brady Campaign's top three legislative priorities: closing the gun show loophole, expanding access to gun trace data, and banning "assault weapons."

Like Obama and Clinton, McCain favors closing the "gun show loophole," which allows private individuals, unlike licensed gun dealers, to sell their guns without performing background checks. This has a decent chance of becoming law in the next couple of years.
I don't know if he's just trying to save face in view of recent set-backs for the gun-grabber agenda, or if he might be right that a decision by SCOTUS upholding the appeals court ruling that struck down the D.C. gun ban could actually be a launching point for other kinds of gun control.

The article is a very interesting read and gives some insight into the Obama/Clinton strategy to avoid the issue.
 

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BillK said:
As far as a favorable opinion being a vehicle for more gun control, I would think it would possibly might be just the opposite. I would interpret that to mean an individuals right shall not be infringed. I certainly hope this would be the case.
Actually, I suspect you're right. It should open the floodgates for challenges to all sorts of unconstitutional gun laws.
 
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