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How the NRA evolved from backing a 1934 ban on machine guns to blocking nearly all firearm restrictions today

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By Robert Spitzer

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Wayne LaPierre and his lies has morphed a gun ownership club into a terrorist organization. It was a group for hunters and responsible owners. LaPierre has been a Robiespeare and a loudmouth for nearly 40 years. After his sassy and violent rhetoric about some of the victims of the 1995 OKC bombing, his true colors became very apparent. That caused George H W Bush to withdraw his membership from that bunch of thugs.

The original purpose for the NRA no longer exists, beings that crudmouth morphed it into something ugly. He rakes in the cash and giggles.

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The NRA “evolved’?

Devolved, surely.

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They're extremists. It should be a banned organization.

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From their website, re the AGM in Houston:

Per the U.S. SECRET SERVICE, firearms, firearm accessories, knives, and other items WILL NOT BE PERMITTED in the General Assembly Hall. For a full list of prohibited items, please click here. Read the list of prohibited items carefully before traveling to the event. You will not be allowed in the General Assembly Hall with any of the items on this list.  

Bunch of hypocrites.

www.nraam.org/events/2022-events/friday-may-27/nra-ila-leadership-forum/

“I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

NRA President Karl T. Frederick, 1938.

www.salon.com/2013/01/23/7_uncovered_quotes_that_reveal_just_how_crazy_the_nras_become/

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NRA: GUNS GUNS GUNS (except around us)

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Wayne LaPierre and his lies has morphed a gun ownership club into a terrorist organization.

I have been a member for over 25 years, it is absolutely not a terrorist organization.

It was a group for hunters and responsible owners.

Which pretty much the vast majority of people are.

LaPierre has been a Robiespeare and a loudmouth for nearly 40 years. After his sassy and violent rhetoric about some of the victims of the 1995 OKC bombing, his true colors became very apparent.

His personal comments don't make him violent, he is allowed to say and believe what he wants just like all of us can.

That caused George H W Bush to withdraw his membership from that bunch of thugs. 

Again, as an American, he had the right to leave if he thought that was the best thing for him.

The original purpose for the NRA no longer exists, beings that crudmouth morphed it into something ugly. He rakes in the cash and giggles.

I met the one once in the '90s don't know him personally to form an opinion, he's not really relevant anymore in the organization or has the power he once had.

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They're extremists. It should be a banned organization.

No, it should NOT and it will not be banned, no reason to ban it.

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Around 1933 Germany established laws to disarm the Jews.

As one historian wrote,

“For Jews left trembling in their homes, powerless to defend against Nazi Stormtroopers, the right to possess a gun took on special meaning in the 1940’s.

Possible that the NRA adjusted its stance after 1934 based on historical events.

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Possible that the NRA adjusted its stance after 1934 based on historical events.

The NRA certainly did emulate the Nazi party.

Particularly in the 1960s when they supported the Mulford Act of 1967, designed to prohibit certain people (read: black people - specifically the Black Panthers) from owning guns, and the Gun Control Act of 1968 which beefed up licensing and inspections of gun dealers and restricted the importation of cheap Saturday night specials which were, coincidentally I'm sure, popular in 'urban' communities.

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Gotta feel for kids who live in a country where the adults don't care about them.

They care about them. When it means they can tell women what they can or can't do with their own bodies. Of course, it's completely acceptable to let elementary schoolers be murdered in their classrooms.

They didn't care when it happened at Sandy Hook, and they don't care now.

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The NRA certainly did emulate the Nazi party. 

No, they did not.

Particularly in the 1960s when they supported the Mulford Act of 1967, designed to prohibit certain people (read: black people - specifically the Black Panthers) from owning guns, and the Gun Control Act of 1968 which beefed up licensing and inspections of gun dealers and restricted the importation of cheap Saturday night specials which were, coincidentally I'm sure, popular in 'urban' communities.

When you consider what the Black Panthers were at the time, it made sense.

It has been ever thus since the founding of our Association in 1871 by former Union officers—men who were deeply committed to ending the vestiges of slavery and to seeking equal rights for all. 

One of the great honors of my career at the NRA was serving with Charlton Heston and Roy Innis—among the great figures in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Heston marched in Selma, Ala., and in Washington, D.C., arm-in-arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, who was a gun owner who knew the sting of racist gun control.

Heston was a man not just touched by that history, but immersed in it. He lived and breathed civil liberties. He understood better than anyone the NRA’s role as the oldest civil rights organization in the nation. 

Innis, who headed the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) as a civil rights pioneer in the 1960s, was a staunch Second Amendment supporter, serving for 25 years as an NRA director until his death in January this year. His son, Niger, carries on in his footsteps.

With our unyielding dedication to preserving the Second Amendment, the NRA has long been fighting the covert racism of “gun control.” Even today in places like Chicago and D.C.—where the Supreme Court’s will on the Second Amendment is ignored—the targets of the gun banners are good and honest inner-city residents who are the victims of unchecked armed violence: Hispanics and African-Americans.

-America1st freedom

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When you consider what the Black Panthers were at the time, it made sense.

What? Organizing a free breakfast program for 20,000 children each day as well as a free food program for families and the elderly? Sponsoring schools, legal aid offices, clothing distribution, local transportation, and health clinics in several cities? As well as monitoring police during unconstitutional stop and searches to ensure no brutality occured?

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What? Organizing a free breakfast program for 20,000 children each day as well as a free food program for families and the elderly? Sponsoring schools, legal aid offices, clothing distribution, local transportation, and health clinics in several cities? As well as monitoring police during unconstitutional stop and searches to ensure no brutality occured?

While Newton was in prison, their minister of information, Eldridge Cleaver, tried to take control of the party. Cleaver was an ex-con who had written Soul on Ice, a series of essays on his political journey from “supermasculine menial” to arch-black liberationist. In the book, he admitted to raping white women as “an insurrectionary act”, an outlook he recanted without ever quite losing the misogyny and racism that informed it.

Like I said, criminal thugs

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As for the rest of your (someone else's) quote, bass, the NRA was formed to improve marksmanship AFTER the civil war.

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While Newton was in prison, their minister of information, Eldridge Cleaver, tried to take control of the party. Cleaver was an ex-con who had written Soul on Ice, a series of essays on his political journey from “supermasculine menial” to arch-black liberationist. In the book, he admitted to raping white women as “an insurrectionary act”, an outlook he recanted without ever quite losing the misogyny and racism that informed it.

Like I said, criminal thugs

One guy? Care to explain how that relates to the 'shall not be infringed' NRA supporting gun laws that restricted black people's access to guns?

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Oh I think we all know the NRA only wants to protect white people's right to own guns.

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bass4flunkableoffensive

While Newton was in prison, their minister of information, Eldridge Cleaver, tried to take control of the party. Cleaver was an ex-con who had written **Soul on Ice, a series of essays on his political journey from “supermasculine menial” to arch-black liberationist. In the book, he admitted to raping white women as “an insurrectionary act”, an outlook he recanted without ever quite losing the misogyny and racism that informed it.**

Like I said, criminal thugs

You’re not just copying and pasting without appropriate citation (i.e. plagiarizing), you’re stealing from that bastion of the left, The Guardian! LOL!!!

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/18/black-powers-coolest-radicals-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution-stanley-nelson-interview

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One guy? Care to explain how that relates to the 'shall not be infringed' NRA supporting gun laws that restricted black people's access to guns?

I already explained and clarified why that was.

You’re not just copying and pasting without appropriate citation (i.e. plagiarizing),

Not at all, I also listed the cite, try again, and by the way, I am not writing a book so you coming at me with that is just laughable.

you’re stealing from that bastion of the left, The Guardian! LOL!!!

No, just writing the quotes.

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Excuse me, I'm just a humble German not understanding why anybody aside from the military should be able to buy military grade weapons. Those weapons serve one purpose only: To kill humans.

I won't go out at lengths why a teenager should be able to buy any weapon at all, I will not moan about gun culture in the US or anything, I just want to know: Why does the NRA think assault rifles and guns for kids mean "freedom"?

In Gemany they would be termed a terrorist organisation and rightfully so.

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Excuse me, I'm just a humble German not understanding why anybody aside from the military should be able to buy military grade weapons. Those weapons serve one purpose only: To kill humans.

Because second amendment. And 'Murikuh. And eagles. Lots of bald eagles.

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In Gemany they would be termed a terrorist organisation and rightfully so.

Maybe in Germany "andere laender, ansere sitten" but in the US it is not.

Because second amendment. And 'Murikuh. And eagles. Lots of bald eagles.

Not just eagles, frickin' beautiful majestic eagles they are.

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