Kind of a cool pseudo-meme found here – you answer 11 questions about hot-button issues and then you get matched with the candidates that match your position. It’s worth noting that Gun Control was not one of the topics available.
For my two top matches, it gave me Rudy G. in the number 1 spot, and John McCain in the number 2 spot. I think a big reason for that is because it didn’t have gun control as an issue, and I’m a lot more moderate than most people think.
As a “for example”, let’s take a look at the issue of abortion. I am opposed to abortion, as I cannot get around the simple fact that you are killing a person. However, I accept that abortion is legalized in the United States, and that it is a procedure that is going to be sought out legal or otherwise. As such, I would prefer that it remain legal, so that it can be regulated like any medical procedure.
Another “conservative” issue that I oft disagree with the right on is the issue of gay marriage. The next person who says to me that there should be a Constitutional Amendment against gay marriage is going to get punched in the face. I really, really, really don’t care if gay people want to get married, and I’m not really concerned with defending “the sanctity of marriage”. The only marriage that is sacred as far as I am concerned is my marriage to my wife.
There you see a small slice of my politics – I vote Republican because I’m a Libertarian, and (usually) the Republican party comes the closest to espousing my positions on (most of) the issues.