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Mike Royko
1932 - 1997

American syndicated newspaper columnist based at the Chicago Tribune, winner of the Pulitzer Prize (1972), author of Boss (1971) and various collections of his works.

Strict gun laws are about as effective as strict drug laws ... It pains me to say this, but the NRA seems to be right: The cities and states that have the toughest gun laws have the most murder and mayhem.

1989 - from his column in the Chicago Tribune