Violence: Danger at Home

Laws to register and license firearms seemed within reach during the days of shock that followed Robert Kennedy's assassination. That prospect is now dimming with each passing day.

Spurred by lobbyists of the National Rifle Association, foes of gun controls reversed the earlier avalanche of congressional mail in favor of stricter gun laws. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, a coalition of conservative Midwesterners and Southerners, ramrodded by South Carolina's Republican Strom Thurmond, riddled Joseph Tydings' gun-control bill with escape-clause amendments, leaving little hope for enactment of a meaningful law by a...

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