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Richard Nixon on Gun Control

President of the U.S., 1968-1974


Guns are an abomination

Twenty years ago, I asked Richard Nixon what he thought of gun control. His on-the-record reply: "Guns are an abomination." Free from fear of gun owners' retaliation at the polls, he favored making handguns illegal and requiring licenses for hunting rifles.

Last week, Bill Clinton was asked why he was supporting only niminy-piminy restrictions on guns, our current President replied testily: "Should people have to register guns like they register their cars? Do I think that? Of course I do."

Source: N.Y.Times OpEd by William Safire, "An Appeal for Repeal" , Jun 10, 1999

We need gun laws stricter than the Brady Bill

Unless we adopt and enforce strict gun control laws--ones much tougher than the Brady Bill--we will never succeed in stemming the violence spawned by the drug trade.
Source: Seize the Moment, by Richard Nixon, p.294-295 , Jan 15, 1992

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