Jack Brooks Dies; Ousted After Backing Crime Bill With Assault Weapon Ban

Longtime former Congressman Jack Brooks of Texas, who with then-Sen. Joseph Biden led the conference committee that produced the massive 1994 federal anticrime law, has died at 89. Brooks, a National Rifle Association supporter who opposed the assault weapon ban that was part of the bill, was defeated after he supported the overall measure with the assault weapon ban in it. Brooks’ defeat at the hands of the NRA and other opponents was part of a Republican takeover of Congress … Continue reading Jack Brooks Dies; Ousted After Backing Crime Bill With Assault Weapon Ban