In 1968, the year he was shot and killed and five years after his brother was shot and killed, Senator Robert Kennedy made a speech calling for gun control. Kennedy outlined the dangers of lax gun laws in his speech in Roseburg, Oregon, a town close to the site of last week's mass shooting. So little has changed in 50 years that his points are just as relevant today. He asked the crowd,
Does [it] make any sense that we should put rifles and guns in the hands of people who have long criminal records, or people who are insane, or people who are mentally incompetent, or people who are so young that they don’t know how to handle rifles and guns?