Hurray For The Redneck, White And Blue In 1996 — on Sept. 9, to be precise — Clinton asked Congress for $1 billion to improve airport security, to improve security at our nation’s infectious-disease laboratories and to require that chemical markers be put in explosives to make them easier to trace, plus a host of other provisions designed to make air travel safer and to discourage terrorist attacks.

“We know we can’t make the world risk-free,” Clinton said at the time, “but we can reduce the risks we face, and we have to take the fight to the terrorist.”

Congress scuttled most of Clinton’s recommendations, partly because of pressure from the National Rifle Association.

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