reply to post by doclec
This is getting a little silly because we're off on pure opinions claiming things that can not only be verified one way or the other, fairly easily,
but really need to be...given the meaning of the whole debate here.
First, courtesy of the NRA, here is a brief history of firearms and racism in the United States. Who did what to whom, by the laws and how it was
done. The biggest push, always it seemed, was to insure ONE segment of the population did NOT have access to firearms. (The focus has changed...the
effort never did)
Laws Designed to Disarm Slaves, Freedmen, and African-Americans
Now in reading a bit for this post, I was shocked and horrified by the pure ignorance out there. I had NO idea. I read things saying the former
members of the KKK formed the NRA, or that KKK and NRA people worked and cooperated together. Even that the NRA was an extension of the KKK at one
All I can say to finding some of that is....what the hell happened to education in this nation?
History isn't history anymore..it's whatever
someone's opinion says it is and the reality is just a secondary thing with no importance. I'd never seen Michael Moore's propaganda piece about
Columbine but now I wish I had...after reading that he claimed some of the same things. His major WAS NOT history....that's painfully obvious.
I found several VERY biased sources for this next link..but I chose one far more geared toward the pure history of it. This was a look at Post-War
America for blacks following Lincoln's freeing them.....and why the NRA was needed soon after, among other reasons.
White Mob in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 Blacks Over The Right To
^^ That's a lengthy piece with a great deal of information in it. The whites doing the killing happened to be of the Democrat nature. Then isn't now
and dems of today aren't dems of old...but we ARE talking about history and the accurate depiction of it. That's a big piece of context right there.
The propaganda is obscene at times.
The NRA was founded shortly after the American Civil War by Union Army officers who were appalled by the lack of shooting skills among the Union
soldiers during the war and determined to correct this problem by encouraging the shooting sports and marksmanship among the general population,
including former slaves in the former slave states. This made the NRA very unpopular in the former slaves states and the NRA was considered an enemy
by the Ku Klux Klan.
Union Army Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate are the officially listed founders of the NRA. They were granted a charter from the state of
New York on November 17, 1871. The first NRA president was Ambrose E. Burnside, a commander of the Army of the Potomac. Former US President Ulysses S.
Grant, who had enacted the 1871 law declaring the Ku Klux Klan to be an illegal terrorist organisation, was elected president of the National Rifle
Association in 1883. Nine of the NRA's first ten presidents had fought against slavery during the Civil War. Including: Gen. Winfield Scott
Hancock, Gen. Phillip Sheridan. During Reconstruction, Gen. Sheridan removed hundreds of local officials from office in Louisiana and Texas for
violating the rights of former slaves and for failing to enforce laws for their
FAR FAR from being the "friend" of the KKK...the man who outlawed them became the President of the NRA in 1883. Hardly a way to get love from the
racists of the time.....much less the open invitation and encouragement of former slaves and blacks within the former slave states to pick up a weapon
and join the association.
I hope that helps fill in some detail and context... it seemed a bit lacking.
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