Nelson Rising, chairman of Tom Bradley‚s 1982 campaign for California governor, still remembers the phone call. Bradley called him shortly after 4 a.m. on a long Election Night, when it was clear Bradley had lost to Republican George Deukmejian. ‚You were right,‚ Bradley told Rising a bit wearily. The main problem was guns. Against Rising‚s advice, Bradley had endorsed Proposition 15, a statewide ballot initiative that would have put a freeze on purchases of new guns.

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