GUN CONTROL: Reagan's Conversion

GUN CONTROL: Reagan's Conversion

Ten years ago, as Ronald Reagan recovered from near fatal gunshot wounds, he declared that he still opposed gun control. Last week the former President announced that he had changed his mind. In a speech at George Washington University, where he was treated after being shot by John W. Hinckley, Reagan called on Congress to enact a law requiring a seven-day waiting period for the purchase of handguns.

The measure has been dubbed the Brady bill after one of its strongest proponents: Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, who was shot in Hinckley's attack and left paralyzed by his wounds. It is...

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