#17 ASME's Top 40
ASME's Top 40 Best Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years:
June 21, 1968
Roy Lichtensteins drawing of The Gun in America was the magazine cover of the June 21, 1968 issue of TIME. Soon after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, pop artist Lichtenstein aimed a smoking gun at readers to emphasize the urgency for gun legislation. Before the end of the year, Congress passed the Gun Control Act of 1968 that banned most interstate sales, licensed most gun dealers and barred felons, minors and the mentally ill from owning guns.