Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Gunfather


Herbert L. Block Collection, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Bill required a criminal background check before an individual could buy a handgun. Named after Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, who was badly wounded during the assassination attempt on Reagan in March 1981, the Brady Bill was first introduced in 1987 and failed numerous times to get through Congress. Democrats in the Senate blamed the National Rifle Association and charged that this powerful gun lobby controlled President Bush.

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