Bill Clinton: Brady Bill’s waiting period saves lives

Series on Gun Control: Part 4

John Stossel on Gun Control (2003 clip)

Bill Clinton asserted, “The Brady Bill [is] a commonsense law that establishes a five-day waiting period and a background check that has already kept handguns out of the hands of some 60,000 felons, fugitives, and other criminals.”
However, what do the studies have to say about this assertion of President Clinton?
This is the fourth in a series on Gun Control. During this series on gun control, I will be quoting from an article “Gun Control:Myths and Realities” by David Lampo of the Cato Institute.
5. Waiting periods lower crime rates.

False. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effects of waiting periods, both before and after the federal Brady bill was passed in 1993. Those studies consistently show that there is no correlation between waiting periods and murder or robbery rates. Florida State University professor Gary Kleck analyzed data from every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 and found that waiting periods had no statistically significant effect. Even University of Maryland anti-gun researcher David McDowell found that “waiting periods have no influence on either gun homicides or gun suicides.”


I am profiling State lawmaker John Burris today.

John Burris
By Arkansas Business Staff

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John Burris, 24

State Representative


Most politicians establish their careers and then run for office. John Burris has done it backward.

Burris, who grew up at Dirkman and earned a degree in history and political science at Arkansas Tech University, has put his career plans on hold in the year since he became the youngest person currently serving in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

“I was in a spot where I could do it, and that’s one of the reasons I decided to do it when I was young. I knew I wanted to do it, but I wasn’t sure I could win.The same November 2008 election added an even-year legislative session to the state’s Constitution, and that means “it’s very difficult to do anything full time and full faith while being gone four or five months a year.”

Burris, who described himself as “a loyal Republican,” has worked in real estate and as a substitute teacher. “First and foremost, I want to serve my district well. … As a legislator, you can’t change the world, but you can help people one at a time.”

Issues he wants to address during his tenure in the Legislature include education, protecting the rural way of life and “a little finer focus of our tax structure.”

“We’re not competing with Washington. We’re competing with Tennessee and Louisiana,” he said.

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