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Tucson tragedy unlikely to advance gun control legislation

Publié par Clifford Armion le 14/01/2011

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Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro

"The first federal gun control law was passed in 1968 after the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Brady bill mandating background checks on gun purchases was enacted in the years following the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981. But don't expect any new gun control laws coming out of Capitol Hill in the wake of the Tucson shooting rampage.

"The reason is not only the new Republican majority in the House it's that Democrats have traveled far from what was once one of their core legislative goals.

"Democrats championed gun control in the 1980s and 1990s. But many backed away after the 2000 election, when Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore's support for tighter gun laws probably cost him votes in key rural areas."

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"Tucson tragedy unlikely to advance gun control legislation", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2011. Consulté le 21/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/tucson-tragedy-unlikely-to-advance-gun-control-legislation