Nation: Aimless

Of all the opponents of any federal legislation to control firearms, none has been more persistent—or more effective—than the National Rifle Association, a 750,000-member organization that spends perhaps $2,000,000 a year pushing its official line in pamphlets, pressure on Congress, gun-magazine advertisements and its own publication The American Rifleman. In the face of renewed clamoring for congressional gun control action, spurred by Charles Whitman's recent sniper rampage in Austin, Texas, the N.R.A. last week turned for a change to newspapers, buying full-page spreads in the Washington Post and the New York Times, both of which have editorialized vigorously for stronger gun...

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