. . . And the Case Against Them

The head of Handgun Control says weapons are killing the future

As America enters the next decade, it does so with an appalling legacy of gun violence. The 1980s were tragic years that saw nearly a quarter of a million Americans die from handguns -- four times as many as were killed in the Viet Nam War. We began the decade by witnessing yet another President, Ronald Reagan, become a victim of a would-be assassin's bullet. That day my husband Jim, his press secretary, also became a statistic in America's handgun war.

Gun violence is an epidemic in this country. In too many cities, the news each night reports another death by...

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