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15 August 2019

We're finding more oddball stuff in the endless cleanup and when Walt showed me this Newsweek magazine from 1968 I knew that there will never be effective gun control in this country.

The five-page lead article is "A Question of Guns" subtitled "Sentiment grows for tougher control laws."

The situation that prompted the article is apparently racial tension. "In recent months people have been buying many more guns than ever before--almost certainly in response to the racial tension that has erupted into riots in more than 100 cities."

The more instant incident was the Texas tower killing.  On August 1, 1966, after stabbing his mother and his wife to death the night before, Charles Whitman, a former Marine, took rifles and other weapons to the observation deck atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas at Austin, then opened fire indiscriminately on persons on the surrounding campus and streets. Over the next 96 minutes he shot and killed 13 more people and injured 31 others.  (killed 13 and injured 31 in 96 minutes.  Just think of what it would have been if he had an automatic rifle.  That's about what the recent killer did in less than a minute!)

In addition to all the guns at the left, there are pictures of women learning to shoot, little kids with their first rifles, and an ominous picture of Black Panthers guns.  Called "the equalizer."

(The Texas tower shooter was white, by the way).

There is also a picture of a secretary with a mountain of letters from constituents demanding better gun control laws.

What really got me was this:

The militant National Rifle Association fired off a frantic bulletin to its 900,000 members, warning that they were threatened with 'complete abolition of civilian ownership of arms' and urging a write-in campaign against controls. NRA president Harold W. Glassen cried that the right to bear arms 'is in the greatest jeopardy in the history of our country.

There have been 37,676 victims of gun violence in this country so far this year.  Just in case you were wondering.




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