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Death of 7 in Chicago starts modern gun restrictions: St. Valentine Day Massacre

Posted on: February 15, 2013


On this day back in 1929, a gang war in Chicago resulted in the massacre of four reputed gang members and two of their accomplices in the infamous St. Valentine Day massacre. The fall out of this gangland slaughter was the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA), which did not restrict the ownership of fully automatic weapons, the type used in the massacre, but created a tax evasion trap for such weapons and made ownership of popular guns like the Thompson machine gun cost prohibitive. This law was included in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and followed by the Firearm Owners Protection Act (more gun control veiled in a misleading title) that ensured only the most wealthy in our society can posses automatic weapons.

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 murder of seven mob associates as part of a prohibition era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran. Former members of the Egan’s Rats gang were also suspected of having played a significant role in the incident, assisting Capone.

Source: Wikipedia


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