President Barack Obama addressed the nation far too often in response to the country's latest mass shooting tragedy. He did everything in his power to try to enact sensible gun legislation and frequently cited Congress' inability to do so as his greatest regret. Through his attempts he changed the way that politicians and the public speak about gun violence prevention and helped grow the...
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"I did think we ought to extend the assault weapons ban and was told the bill was never going to move. I believe law-abiding citizens ought to be able to own a gun. I believe in background checks." - George W.Bush #PresidentsDay
On November 30th, 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that required federally licensed firearm dealers to perform background checks on gun purchases. #PresidentsDay
Following the NRA's attack on government workers as "jack-booted thugs", former President George H.W. Bush resigned as a lifetime member. #PresidentsDay
Focus on Behavior, not Mental Illness. Our Executive Director's letter to the editor in the Hartford Courant

To Stop Gun Violence, Focus On Behavior
Former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan plea for Assault Rifle Ban in 1994.

"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. We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a...
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Ford, Carter, Reagan Push for Gun Ban
"The Brady bill would require the handgun dealer to provide a copy of the prospective purchaser's sworn statement to local law enforcement authorities so that background checks could be made. Based upon the evidence in states that already have handgun purchase waiting periods, this bill -- on a nationwide scale -- can't help but stop thousands of illegal handgun purchases." - Ronald Reagan...
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Why I'm for the Brady Bill
"But many of us who participate in outdoor sports are dismayed by some of the more extreme policies of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and by the timidity of public officials who yield to their unreasonable demands. Heavily influenced and supported by the firearms industry, their primary client, the NRA, has been able to mislead many gullible people into believing that our weapons are...
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Four sitting Presidents have been killed by guns. On #PresidentsDay we honor their memory and continue our work to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
"I don't know why any individual should have a right to have a revolver in his house," Nixon said in a taped conversation with aides. "The kids usually kill themselves with it and so forth." He asked why "can't we go after handguns, period?"

Nixon went on: "I know the rifle association will be against it, the gun makers will be against it." But "people should not have handguns." He laced his...
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AP Enterprise: Nixon Wished for Total Handgun Ban
LBJ told staff that “We've got to beat the NRA into the offices of members of Congress.” as he worked and successfully passed the Gun Control Act of 1968 following the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. #PresidentsDay

Gun control lessons from Lyndon Johnson
"Roosevelt’s original proposal for what would become the National Firearms Act of 1934, the first federal gun control law, sought to tax all firearms and establish a national registry of guns." #PresidentsDay

Franklin Roosevelt: The Father of Gun Control
“No student shall, within the precincts of the University, introduce, keep or use any spirituous or vinous liquors, keep or use weapons or arms of any kind…” - 1824 Declaration from University of Virginia Board including Thomas Jefferson and James Madison #PresidentsDay

A Strike Against the Case for Guns on Campus
Guns sales declining according to Cabela's

Gun Sales Tapering Off, Cabela's Says
Virginia's Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam
Important new blog from our executive director.

"Once you begin to view mental illness the same way you view other immutable characteristics, the daily discrimination against those who suffer becomes apparent and painful. The language you hear your friends using becomes painful. The message you hear from the press, leaders, and the public becomes painful. The things you have said in the...
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We Can Stop Gun Violence Without Blaming People Living with Mental Illness
"I seen what [he] did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I..I want to do that s***. Like, I got desire, not for nobody just...I want something where i can say, 'I f****** did that' personally."

FBI arrests man in Myrtle Beach allegedly planning attack 'in the spirit of" Charleston shooting
Stephen Feinberg's company owned the gun firm that manufactured the Bushmaster AR-15, the gun used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He sold off those shares following the massacre but still has investments in additional gun companies.

White House Plans to Have Trump Ally Review Intelligence Agencies