April 15, 2013


Many Republicans Once Favored Gun Control

Peter Beinhart: "Every now and then I encounter some random piece of historical trivia and I remember: the Republican Party used to be sane. The last such epiphany occurred when I was researching the assault-weapons ban, which first passed the Senate in 1993. Scanning the roll call, I noticed an odd letter--'R'--next to some of the senators who had voted yes. Overall, 10 Republicans voted for the assault-weapons ban back then, almost a quarter of the GOP caucus. Today, by contrast, not a single Republican senator supports such a ban. Even the Obama administration's less controversial proposal for background checks faces overwhelming GOP opposition. Today, in fact, most Senate Republicans don't merely oppose new gun-control legislation; they oppose even holding a vote."










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