Know Your NRA History

Via a comment on “Why The NRA Is Different From You And Me,” Writer89 sent me a link to an AlterNet piece by political writer Steven Rosenfeld titled, “The Suprising Unknown History of the NRA.”

This was the second time a commenter referenced the NRA’s interesting history (John McNight did so earlier), a history that will shock you, given what the organization is today.

I urge anyone interested in the gun control debate going on right now to read in its entirety Rosenfeld’s short piece, but if you don’t, at least absorb this from the article:

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.

As with so many organizations on the right these days—including the Republican Party—the NRA has become radicalized in ways unimagined by the people who founded it. And for the NRA, or its congressional allies like Sen. Rand Paul, to insanely attack those who are proposing modest measures to regulate guns in America, is to insanely attack its own history.

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