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The Gun Lobby Has Been Winning With the Same Playbook Since 1968

  • After four political assassinations, lawmakers balked in 1968
  • Gun registry and owner licensing attempts stopped by Congress

When a couple armed with assault rifles slaughtered 14 people at a holiday gathering in San Bernardino, California, this month, U.S. gun control advocates saw an opportunity. President Barack Obama lamented that "in America it’s way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun" and said making it harder was the only right response.

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