I urge you to read it, and pay attention to the key events which turned this nation inside out.
Also .. WAPO allows a limited number of 'reads' before they begin to charge you for access. It may be worth it to you , to keep track of what "they" have to say about the issues of gun control and Constitutional Freedoms.
It may be worth it; they don't charge much, and they always have an interesting point of view, whether or not you agree with them. See below.
How the assassinations of 1968 led the NRA to become the lobbying force it is today - The Washington Post:
The day after an assassin’s bullet crashed through Robert Kennedy’s skull, President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote a letter to Congress. “Let us now spell out our grief in constructive action,” the president urged in a message on June 6, 1968. Johnson decried the availability of arms to the mentally ill. And he lamented “mail-order murder,” which had allowed Lee Harvey Oswald five years earlier to purchase a $19.95 rifle from a Chicago store and train its sights on Robert Kennedy’s brother John as he rode through Dallas in his presidential motorcade:for more ... follow the link.