Gun Control Lobby

3 Waves

  • Reformation
    – After Civil War
    – Kept guns out of the hands of the freed slaves
  • Prohibition
    – In reaction to Organized Crime created by Prohibition
    – Full Auto Scare
  • Late 1960s
    – Spike in Crime (Street Violence, Assassinations)
    – the Political Left “Became Anti-Gun”

 


1960 – Research Report by the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Library
– attempt to determine whether gun laws had any relationship to crime rates
– concludes: ‘From the foregoing statistics it would be difficult to determine the effect that either licensing or nonlicensing of firearms has on the extent of crime in a State, particularly upon the murder rate per 100,000 population.’

1975 – National Council to Control Handguns



National Coalition to Ban Handguns

For decades, NRA members had the exclusive privilege of purchasing surplus army rifles at half-price. More than a million weapons, such as Springfield rifles and M1 carbines, were sold in this way, and thousands of folks joined the organization to get the deal.  the practice did not end until 1979, when the National Coalition to Ban Handguns won a lawsuit to stop it


  • Tim Kaine
    – Mayor of Richmond
    – #4 City for Homicide Rate at the time
    – Project Exile (Federal Felony for using a firearm in crime)

  • John Bolton
    – Unilateral disarmament efforts in the 70 & 80
    – Internationally vs Domestically 

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