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Monday, September 26, 2016

Everyone Needs To See Bill Clinton Make The Case Against Gun Violence — In 1993

In 1993, newly elected President Clinton was making a case for a sweeping crime bill that enacted the Brady Bill on background checks, an assault weapon ban and put 100,000 police officers on the street. Watch this speech he gave the Memphis Church of God and you may think he’s talking about the violence on the streets of Chicago today.

Clinton’s reforms were put into law.

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Though it may have cost Democrats the Congress, the violent crime rate, which peaked the year the laws went into effect, was nearly cut in half by the end of Clinton’s second term.

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h/t The Huffington Post

  • What has happened since the Clinton years? Many of the laws weren’t renewed. This is a shame.

    • RobertCHastings

      Unfortunately, the ban on “assault weapons” was not renewed. One of the first things George W Bush did after his first inauguration (along with reducing taxes on the wealthy) was take those 100,000 police OFF the streets.

  • Max

    Post-Clinton the rate seems to have declined further. Were the same laws in place?