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Tom Bradley

If California voters approve stronger gun control, the message sent at the ballot box will be heard across the U.S.

If California voters approve stronger gun control, the message sent at the ballot box will be heard across the U.S.

Proposition 63 would enact the toughest gun controls in the United States. But it also would do something else: represent an astonishing historical milestone.

And if passed as expected, the ballot measure would illustrate a textbook example of how public policy can be radically changed in a democracy laden with competing checks and balances.

How is that? Through the long, slow process of taking incremental steps over decades. By pushing hard and steadily, but with patience.

Massive change doesn’t necessarily have to come suddenly through a pitchforks-and-torches rebellion.

Who could have possibly imagined getting to this point on gun regulations 34...

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