November 20, 1993 – Just when the Brady Bill, the handgun legislation named after President Reagan‘s Press Secretary who was wounded during Reagan’s assassination attempt in 1981, seemed like a slam-dunk, but out walks a Republican filibuster, slated to derail passage of the Bill, at least before the Thanksgiving break.
Opposition to the bill came from the GOP, who in turn were supported by the National Rifle Association in condemning the bill as unconstitutional. It mandated that all firearm purchasers pass Federal background checks before buying a gun, and imposed a five-day waiting period before a gun could be purchased. The original legislation was introduced into the House of Representatives by Representative Charles E. Schumer in March 1991, but was never brought to a vote. The bill was reintroduced by Rep. Schumer on February 22, 1993. It has passed the House but stalled in the Senate, and suddenly doubts were raised that the bill would make it to President Clinton‘s desk at all. Fingers were crossed and hopes for sanity prevailed.
Meanwhile, still on Capitol Hill – the scandal over allegations of sexual misconduct were swirling around the office of Oregon GOP Senator Bob Packwood, who was the focus of attention amid calls for an investigation into the charges that Packwood abused and assaulted some 10 women, mostly staffers and lobbyists. Packwood seemed determined not to go anywhere, but pressure was mounting and an investigation was in the early stages. The allegations came to light early in 1992 by the Washington Post, but the story wasn’t printed because it was too close to the ’92 election (which Packwood won) and The Post hadn’t gathered enough evidence to make the charges stick. However, there was the little matter of a Diary, which Packwood was alleged to have kept. The story was far from over and it looked like it had no intention of going away.
And that’s a very small slice of what went on, this November 20, 1993 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.