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    Crime & Public Safety
    Guns
    DLC | New Dem Daily | September 9, 2004
    Surrendering the Assault Weapons Ban
    In the fight to keep military weapons off our streets, the president and his closest friends have simply surrendered.


    Americans for Gun Safety | Poll | October 16, 2003
    Winning the Gun Vote
    By Mark J. Penn & Peter Brodnitz
    By becoming both pro safety and pro gun rights, Democrats can do right on both the politics and policy and make a realignment of a sizeable portion of gun owners possible.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 27, 2003
    Guns and Values
    By Jim Kessler, Matt Bennett, and Jonathan Cowan
    Democrats can grab the center of the gun debate. But it's framing the message that matters.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 29, 2002
    Shooting Straight
    By Bruce Reed
    If we can holster the notion that the government can take your guns away, we can get back to the business of making America a safer country.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 12, 2001
    Changing the Gun Debate
    By Jonathan Cowan and Jim Kessler
    Owning a gun isn't evil. Democrats must find the balance between gun rights and responsibilities.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 12, 2001
    Who's Soft on Crime Now?
    By Bruce Reed
    Far from throwing the book at crime, President Bush's most significant law enforcement initiative is to cut the number of new police officers on the street.


    DLC | New Dem Daily | February 2, 2001
    Idea of the Week: Tougher Enforcement of Gun Laws
    We need a serious national push on gun law enforcement to take advantage of one of the only areas of common ground that can be found in the political free-fire zone between gun control and gun rights advocates.


    DLC | The New Democrat | May 1, 2000
    Get Smart
    By John D. Cohen
    Technology offers hope of breaking the gun-safety stalemate.


    PPI | Backgrounder | March 1, 2000
    Smart Guns
    By John D. Cohen
    If guns were manufactured so that only their legal owners could fire them, much of the death and destruction caused by illegal gun use could be prevented. The technology exists to do just that.


    DLC | New Dem Daily | January 10, 2000
    Idea of the Week: Getting Smart on Guns
    In a society that not only accepts but demands child-proof caps on aspirin bottles, it's reasonable to require that producers of firearms take every technologically feasible step to make their products safe against abuse in the wrong hands.


    DLC | The New Democrat | July 1, 1999
    Gun? Run!
    By Ed Kilgore
    Gun control and the Republican politics of evasion.


    DLC | New Dem Daily | May 10, 1999
    Idea of the Week: First Amendment, Second Amendment, Third Way
    We propose a bipartisan bargain: matched pairs of Republicans and Democrats who will go to the floor of the House or Senate (or state legislatures, or town meetings, for that matter) with an agreement that the Republican will discuss reasonable gun control measures aimed at protecting children and the Democrat will discuss ways to limit the targeting of children to sell violence saturated entertainment products.