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Response to beevul (Reply #47)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 12:18 PM

52. nixon in 1971, on revolvers & handguns

straw, to me: Can you provide any support for this bizarre claim? Possibly a single anecdote?
beevul: Yeah, back when you could buy handguns, rifles, machine guns, short barreled shotguns, and ARTILLARY mail order without even a background check...

Clarifications: Moreso handgun owners (largely revolvers) were moreso alienated, rifle owners tended OK, credit yourselves a successful challenge partway.
.. to beevul, clarification that circa 1950's availability was far moreso 'revolvers', 'bolt action rifles', 'single or double barrel shotguns', & disregard your mention of machine guns & artillery due true ostracizing therefor.

for strawman, tho nixon wasn't keen on gun control outside handguns/revolvers:Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons.
Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White House memos from the Nixon years show a conservative president who at times appeared willing to take on [NRA]...
"I don't know why any individual should have a right to have a revolver in his house," Nixon said in a taped conversation.. "The kids usually kill themselves with it and so forth." He asked why "can't we go after handguns, period?"Nixon went on: "I know the rifle association will be against it, the gun makers will be against it." But "people should not have handguns."
Nixon made his remarks May 16, 1972, the day after a would-be assassin shot and paralyzed segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace. As president, Nixon never publicly called for a ban on all handguns. Instead, he urged Congress to pass more modest legislation banning Saturday night specials, which were cheaply made, easily concealed and often used by criminals.

Nixon's private comments were not always supportive of gun control, particularly measures that would go beyond handguns. But most of his comments on the [nixon] tapes .. were in favor of stronger gun control http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/richard-nixon-gun-control_n_2851660.html



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