Like you Tom
, as well as many others here, I too can remember the era you're talking about. I also didn't forget that the ridiculous restrictions of that era(as well as others) did not work for their 'supposed' intended purposes.
Crime rate did not fall. And, if anyone has statistics that by the results of these ridiculous gun restrictions, there were less guns in the hands of criminals, I'd sure like to see them.
Today, there are many states, cities with drastic gun restrictions and it comes to no surprise that these areas have very high crime rates. Washington DC, Chicago, NJ, NYC. to name a few.
Course, when I used to visit NYC, I could at least defend myself against a gun wielding attacker by throwing my 32oz. 'big gulp' drink at them but gov't there has even taken that away from me.