March 2001

Guns, Politics, & Lawsuits

Blue Dog Democrats Reject Gun Control: A coalition of some 30 conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives, blaming their party’s failure to win back the House because of the gun-control issue, are urging their party to drop it from the Democratic agenda. The group believes the issue hurt Democratic candidates in many races. “As we analyzed what happened and why we’re not successful in some of these races, that [gun control] just stands out,” said U.S. Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR).

House Democratic leadership aides blame the Clinton administration’s aggressive stance on gun control for the party’s poor showing. “We don’t want it to be part of the Democratic agenda. We just do...

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