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The NRA once supported gun control
01-15-2013, 08:43 PM
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The NRA once supported gun control
For nearly a century after, its founding in 1871, the National Rifle Association was among America’s foremost pro-gun control organizations. It was not until 1977 when the NRA that Americans know today emerged, after libertarians who equated owning a gun with the epitome of freedom and fomented widespread distrust against government—if not armed insurrection—emerged after staging a hostile leadership coup.

In the years since, an NRA that once encouraged better markmanship and reasonable gun control laws gave way to an advocacy organization and political force that saw more guns as the answer to society’s worst violence, whether arming commercial airline pilots after 9/11 or teachers after the Newtown, while opposing new restrictions on gun usage.

It is hard to believe that the NRA was committed to gun-control laws for most of the 20th century—helping to write most of the federal laws restricting gun use until the 1980s.

“Historically, the leadership of the NRA was more open-minded about gun control than someone familiar with the modern NRA might imagine,” wrote Adam Winkler, a Second Amendment scholar at U.C.L.A. Law School, in his 2011 book, Gunfight: The Battle Over The Right To Bear Arms In America. “The Second Amendment was not nearly as central to the NRA’s identity for most of the organization’s history.”

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/14/the_nra_...n_control/

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01-15-2013, 11:19 PM
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RE: The NRA once supported gun control
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01-16-2013, 10:06 AM
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RE: The NRA once supported gun control
Another article, PT. http://www.alternet.org/suprising-unknown-history-nra

The NRA seems to have changed in the 1970s from a sportsman's group to the Gun Industry Trade Lobby group that we see today.
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