Gun Control Laws: Obama’s Struggle to Pass Gun Control Legislation Twenty Years After Clinton’s Brady Bill

Hi! My name is Rejena Carmichael and I am a senior at Hofstra University majoring in English and Political Science.

My research will compare the legislative processes of the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act passed in 1993 to the difficulties the country faces passing gun control laws today, twenty years later. I plan to study how Bill Clinton and the 103rd Congress rallied support to pass the Brady Bill and how recent violent shootings create a different and more difficult political culture for President Obama to pass gun control laws now.

I will outline the historical events in between Clinton’s presidency and Obama’s presidency, I will include the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, the 2011 Tuscon, Arizona shooting, the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting, and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

I am looking forward to meeting you all soon!

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