Steven, the so called “fallen dominos” idea is many conservatives core concern. Most of us see the world and the people in it as flawed and sometimes dangerous. We also see government power through the same lens, and are loathe to use it’s blunt instruments to do much of anything. Democrats on the other hand, see the government as a wonderful tool for coercing citizens to follow a chosen path, and for redistributing other people’s stuff. The split arises because dems many times ignore history and view government as benign when they rarely are. To you the topic is gun control, to me the topic is the abuse of government power.