Kevin brings a blurb from an April '81 Time article on gun control.
How the author of that hit piece must rue the fact that, at a federal level at least, things had pretty much reached their high-water mark by then. They managed to get the Brady law through about a decade later, but after that, they couldn't even get the '94 AWB through a Democrat Congress without an expiration date.
The only thing that hasn't changed since '81 is the rhetoric. It still sounds exactly the same.