This post is in two parts: an interactive timeline detailing the history of gun control in the U.S. (For example, I had not known that the National Rifle Association was formed after the Civil War in part to address citizens’ poor marksmanship.) The piece also includes a multimedia debrief on the debate around gun control

In the last two decades, gun-control has emerged as one of the most explosive and divisive issues in American politics, particularly after a recent slate of horrific mass shootings. Scroll through the timeline to learn more

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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