Gun Rights for Terrorists? Gun Control and the Bush Presidency

  • Robert J. Spitzer


The American political landscape was transformed by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America, which not only shook the nation to its roots, but set in motion a transformation of American governance. The conservative Republican administration of George W. Bush, elected to office under a dark political cloud arising from the disputed and razor-close 2000 election, struggled in its first nine months to establish legitimacy, advance its policy goals, and win over the public at large. Its success in all of these areas was, at best, mixed. Yet in the wake of September 11, President Bush’s popularity skyrocketed to unprecedentedly high, and sustained, levels (remaining in the range of 70–90 percent from September until July 2002). The rally consequences of the attacks gave the administration a mission and a sense of purpose it lacked before September 11, and a willing national constituency that also did not exist before that terrible event. An ideologically conservative administration now found itself aggressively promoting more and bigger government in the name of safety and security.


Attorney General Bush Administration Republican Party Justice Department General Account Office 
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© Jon Kraus, Kevin J. McMahon, and David M. Rankin 2004

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