'Thirty-two years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan was shot by a mentally disturbed man'
A pro-gun-control group is using footage of the attempted assassination of President Reagan in a new ad.
The ad from the United Network of Rational Americans uses the footage to argue expanded background checks might have prevented John Hinckley Jr. from shooting the president. It also says Reagan himself made that argument. "President Reagan believed something could have prevented the attack," the ad's narrator says. "Ten years later, he wrote the attack might never have happened if a bill requiring background checks had been law."
The ad cites a 1991 op-ed by Reagan in support of the Brady Bill, named for his press secretary. That legislation requires a background check on individuals who purchase weapons from a federally licensed dealer. Next month, the Senate will consider legislation that would expand background checks to private and gun show sales.
"Thirty-two years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan was shot by a mentally disturbed man," Crider said in a statement posted to Facebook. "The best armed security in the world couldn't prevent it."