The Gipper for Gun Reform

I spent much of CPAC 2013 chasing around David Keene, president of the NRA, for an interview… to ask one question… “If 91% of the American public supports background checks why can’t you?”  Needless to say, I didn’t get that chance. He did graciously agree to a picture at the Ronald Reagan banquet, though. Despite her refusal to do an interview, Keene’s wife, Donna, was a lovely conversationalist.

The bottom line here is that Reagan himself was both an NRA member and a supporter of the Brady Bill, which called for federal background checks and mandatory waiting periods. He wrote an op-ed in the New York Times stating so. Why as a conservative would he do such a thing? Because he was the victim of an assassination attempt in 1981 by a mentally ill man, John Hinckley, Jr., and he fully understood the responsibility and consequences of our right to bear arms. I’m not advocating banning guns in any way whatsoever. What I am advocating is requiring every purchaser of a gun to submit to a background check. Is that really such an absurd idea? Watch the video below for the full story…

Gunning for the NRA




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