Lobbying Push On Reagan Shooting Anniversary Not Going Far


Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Gun-control advocates, including wounded press secretary Jim Brady, will launch a renewed push for curbs on guns. Once again, chances are they won’t get very far, McClatchy Newspapers report. The public remains sharply divided over gun rights vs. gun control. Gun-rights groups, led by the National Rifle Association, dramatically outspend gun-control organizations on campaign donations and lobbying.

“People are sensitive to the issue of gun violence because of the Giffords shooting [ ] but the gun issue is down on Congress’ list of priorities, given high unemployment and two and a half wars,” said Darrell West of the Brookings Institution. Brady and his wife Sarah will visit the White House today and Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby for tighter curbs on firearms. Other than the 1993 “Brady Bill,” which requires background checks for purchasers from federally licensed gun dealers, “not much has been done in the last 30 years,” says Brady campaign chief Paul Helmke.

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