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Steve Kornacki's latest article: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and guns

Nearly 20 years ago, Colin Ferguson snuck a handgun and 160 rounds of ammunition onto a commuter train in New York and shot more than two dozen people, killing six of them. His rampage dominated the news and stirred a national outpouring of shock and grief not unlike what we’re now seeing.

It also prompted an immediate call from a Democratic president for a legislative response. Declaring that the epidemic of gun violence in America had “gotten so serious we should consider a lot of things that we haven’t done in the past,” Bill Clinton made an explicit call for gun control on the day after the December 1993 massacre. Here, for instance, is how the Dallas Morning News summarized his response:

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