FDR’s Gun-Control Strategy: Tax ‘Em

His administration gave gangsters 3,700 reasons to stop buying machine guns

Gangster preferred. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

By Stephen Mihm

Another school shooting, another debate over gun control. An overwhelming majority of Americans want stricter gun laws, but Congress is unlikely to ban assault rifles outright, and some of the president’s proposals — a ban on “bump

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