|Gun control through the years|
Forgive me this diversion from the purely local, but I saw something in an old newspaper that gave me pause.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the students in Alyssa Neilson's journalism class at Half Moon Bay High School yesterday. In thinking about what I might talk about, I thumbed through some old yellowed newspapers I keep at home. I guess it's a occupational hazard; you probably can't find a newspaper editor who doesn't keep a pile of old papers lying around.
The date was June 6, 1968, the day after Robert F. Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles. The newspaper I kept from that day is The Atlanta Constitution.
At the bottom of Page 1 is the headline you see here. "Johnson picks panel to panel to study causes of violence in U.S." Then President Lyndon B. Johnson blames a "climate of extremism" for a year that also included the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. LBJ, who, of course, hailed from the gun-friendly state of Texas, called for "meaningful controls" on the sale of firearms.
As I spoke to the Half Moon Bay students, President Barack Obama was making a very similar plea to the American people ... more than 44 years later.
How did Johnson's effort at reform work out? Take a look:
History repeats. I, for one, don't think meaningful gun control is very likely, do you?