Days after the initial shock of the Orlando nightclub attack, Georgia’s three Senate candidates offered policy prescriptions that reveal their overall philosophy – and triggered political debate.

Incumbent Republican Johnny Isakson vowed to oppose violent religious fanatics. Libertarian Allen Buckley called for restrictions on gun buying.

And Democrat Jim Barksdale blamed “the narrative of violence and hate.”

The death of 49 patrons at a gay club by an apparently self-radicalized adherent of the Islamic State, or ISIS, spawned responses from politicians because voters are looking for ways to prevent future violence in what seems to be an increasingly common occurrence. The absence of a consensus around a certain solution creates the vacuum for politics to enter. 

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