Russian sniper rifle

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is a Russian sniper rifle (1970.46.7) captured in War Zone D, Republic of Vietnam, by Troopers for the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

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Then & Now

Did You Know…

On October 22, 1968, LBJ signed legislation which, he said, would "begin to disarm the criminal and the careless and the insane." "The key to effective crime control remains, in my judgment, effective gun control," he said. "And those of us who are really concerned about crime just must--somehow, someday--make our voices felt. We must continue to work for the day when Americans can get the full protection that every American citizen is entitled to and deserves."

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