According to the current delegate count, McCain is WAY ahead, Huckabee is hurting very badly, and Paul is completely out of it. It's all about the delegates when the nominating convention rolls around. This is why Obama and Clinton are still duking it out - they are almost tied with delegates.
Thanks for the links, Fred40. I will follow up with some reading, and may also order the Dawkins book you mentioned. I won't dismiss Berkeley's science department based on the prattlings of their humanities people.
Anyway, even if a scientist holds stupid political beliefs doesn't mean his science sucks. Einstein thought nuclear deterrence ("MAD") wouldn't work with the USSR...but it did.
Both the DNC and RNC both are in league at this point I'm convinced... So probably a good idea if you have 'em, stash 'em or they'll be taking them from either the gun-owners or from our kids. The wolves disarming the rabbit so the rabbits can no longer contest the votes about the lunch menu.
It's only an issue you piss off the wrong people or the right people.
I actually think the strategy will be to progressively make becoming a new gun owner more difficult. Fewer and fewer people will go to the trouble, and eventually the "grandfathered" generations of gun owners will die off. Then there will be no gun owners left. "Problem" solved in about two generations.