“With the right to bear arms comes a great responsibility to use caution and common sense on handgun purchases. And it’s just plain common sense that there be a waiting period to allow local law-enforcement officials to conduct background checks on those who wish to purchase handguns.” That’s a quote from former President Ronald Reagan in 1991. In addition to supporting background checks on gun sales, President Reagan championed the original assault weapons ban and urged Congress to pass the Brady Act. As governor of California, he signed the Mulford Act, which prohibited the open carrying of firearms in public.
Ronald Reagan’s views on gun control are far more restrictive than anything our current president has proposed. It is absolutely shameful that a vocal minority of gun owners have hijacked the conversation on gun violence to espouse the paranoid belief that any regulation on guns is a step towards tyranny. Reducing gun violence has always been an American ideal, regardless of political party.