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Gun group spokesperson suggests Reagan was senile when he backed gun control | The Raw Story

The primary spokesperson for a guns advocacy group suggested to MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday that Republican icon Ronald Reagan was going senile when he began supporting stricter firearms regulation.

President Barack Obama referenced Reagan while announcing a series of 23 executive orders he said would tackle the problem of gun violence in the country, including an increased emphasis on background checks for prospective weapons owners.

“What’s the problem with registering a gun?” Mitchell asked Erich Pratt, communications director for the Gun Owners of America. “If you have a bushmaster, first of all, why would you have one?”

Pratt replied that Reagan owned that type of assault rifle, which was used in the mass shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. When Mitchell countered that Reagan was in favor of gun control, Pratt said, “In his later years. We have to keep that in account.” Pratt also argued that Reagan opposed gun control throughout his presidency.

But as Think Progress reported, Reagan did in fact support gun safety legislation, and was at times backed by firearms advocates, as in the case of the Firearms Owner Protection Act of 1986, which was enacted during Reagan’s second term in office.

Five years later, Reagan, an avowed member of the National Rifle Association wrote a column for The New York Times explaining his support for the Brady Bill, named after the press secretary who was shot during an assassination attempt.

“Critics claim that ‘waiting period’ legislation in the states that have it doesn’t work, that criminals just go to nearby states that lack such laws to buy their weapons,” Reagan wrote. “True enough, and all the more reason to have a Federal law that fills the gaps.”

On Wednesday, Obama said that Reagan wrote a letter to the House of Representatives in 1994 supporting a federal ban on assault weapons.

Reporting from The Los Angeles Times that year confirms Obama’s statement, showing that Reagan joined fellow ex-presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford in writing the document.

“While we recognize that assault weapon legislation will not stop all assault weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals,” the three presidents said in the letter.

Watch a clip from Mitchell’s interview with Pratt, posted on Wednesday by Think Progress, below.

by Anonymousreply 901/17/2013

As opposed to being the victim of an attempted assassination, you mean.

by Anonymousreply 101/16/2013

Yes I'm guessing that being the victim of an assassination attempt may have changed Reagan's views on gun control. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 201/16/2013

We should all be safe from guns. Period.

by Anonymousreply 301/16/2013

The Eighteenth Amendment, the Volstead Act, and better known as Prohibition, took effect on this date in 1920, a year after it was ratified. It made the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor illegal. The temperance movement had been fighting this fight for almost 80 years. Its activists wanted to protect families and communities from the horrors of alcohol abuse. They saw the 18th Amendment as a major victory for morality — but in reality, it made criminals out of a lot of ordinary American citizens, and made liquor even more desirable than it had been before.

In the end, it was the Depression that led to the demise of Prohibition. A wealthy Republican named Pauline Sabin led the repeal movement. She said that making liquor legal again would create jobs, weaken organized crime, and generate tax revenue. It took almost 14 years before the 21st Amendment reversed Prohibition. It's the first and only time an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been repealed.

by Anonymousreply 401/17/2013

Your point, R4?

I love how suddenly Reagan is being demonized. They'll throw anyone under the bus for this.

by Anonymousreply 501/17/2013

He was showing early signs of Alzheimer's in his second term. Even Ron Reagan noticed it.

But it's funny that the usual response when you point that out to a right-winger is calling you an anti-American Commie.

by Anonymousreply 601/17/2013

He got out of Iran-Contra by claiming lost of marbles. But the Right never admitted to him losing his shit until a couple of years ago.

by Anonymousreply 701/17/2013

The smell of desperation has grown even stronger since Election Day. Smells like shit burning, the symbolic smell of right wing lunatics who should jump on the pyre.

by Anonymousreply 801/17/2013

R7 - They don't admit it now.

by Anonymousreply 901/17/2013
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