Professor Winkler Joins NPR’s All Things Considered to Talk about Prohibition-Era Gang Violence and Gun Control

July 1, 2016—Professor Adam Winkler joined an episode of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered to talk about prohibition-era gang violence and the response by Congress under President Roosevelt to adopt the National Firearm Act, which imposed a hefty tax on automatic firearms, ultimately intended on discouraging their purchase. The $200 tax rate on these weapons adjusted for inflation would be approximately $3,500 today.

"This was the depression. This was in the early 1930s when there wasn't a lot of money. The $200 tax was not meant as just tax. It was meant to discourage people," said Professor Winkler.

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