I'm writing to thank Frank Fronhofer for alerting me to the letter signed by Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford supporting the banning of assault rifles. Reagan's position was that of Democrats today. He stated, "I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home." No, gunsplaining isn't necessary to tell me an AK-47 isn't a machine gun. If you don't mind the countless lies of Donald Trump, I'm sure you can grant Reagan a little literary license.
Of course, Reagan also treated immigrants humanely, didn't start a trade war with the world because he practiced free trade and he fashioned a cabinet that was competent and not filled with world-class swindlers. His philosophy towards Russia was expressed by "Trust, but verify" not just "Trust." He'd likely be a NeverTrumper and therefore blacklisted in today's GOP. He saw America as a shining city on a hill, not as carnage.