Bowdoin’s Rudalevige: How Effective is Obama’s Gun Control Action? (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

President Obama’s executive action on gun safety highlights how little unilateral authority the American leader has over gun violence in the U.S.

In a piece for the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, says Obama’s action is far less aggressive than his critics charge. Read more


  1. John Curtiss says:

    Prof. Rudalevige: Excellent commentary and observation on this topic. I am a Conservative and a defender of our 2nd Amendment, but I have absolutely no issue with background checks, etc. It is only common sense. I am no fan of the current administration but after having read your piece it is clear to me that: (1) the administration certainly could have positioned their actions the way you did, which would have been infinitely more palatable, and (2) we Conservatives need to calm down a bit and not overreact to every single action taken by the Obama administration. The respective narratives of Liberals and Conservatives are constantly being fed by biased “journalists”, which is making compromise increasingly difficult. We desperately need more objective views and analysis so we can all be better informed. Thanks for this piece.

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