From the Publisher: Jan 29 1990

When we wrote about the 464 Americans who died of gunfire in a single week last May, we received more than 2,300 letters, the largest response to a TIME cover story last year. Many readers praised the story, while others, including members of the National Rifle Association of America, accused us of ignoring the rights of gun owners. Reflecting on their arguments, our editors decided to take an in-depth look at the N.R.A. itself. The result is this week's cover articles, which include a defense of gun ownership by J. Warren Cassidy, the N.R.A.'s executive vice president, and an argument for...

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