Discover how the National Rifle Association (NRA) was transformed from a gun-safety organization in the 1960s into a powerful political lobby, in this video excerpted from FRONTLINE: Gunned Down. In the wake of high-profile assassinations in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson attempted to strengthen gun control by banning mail-order sales and restricting some purchases. This began a push within the NRA for stricter support for the right to bear arms and against gun control. As more gun-control bills were passed, highlighted by President Bill Clinton’s crackdown on assault weapons and the passage of the Brady Bill in 1993, the NRA and its allies only grew stronger in their opposition. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.
Caution: This video features guns and contains news footage of the shooting of President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary Jim Brady.
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