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  •  history for these guys is a Rubik's cube (6+ / 0-)

    Beck and David Barton are now claiming the NRA was founded specifically to protect the newly freed slaves from the KKK.  The facts about the NRA is that it was founded by former Union commanders who were appalled at the poor shooting of their troops.  These same men were concerned about the Plains tribes and wanted straight shooting soldiers.
    The NRA was hated by the KKK since it was founded by men such as Grant, Sheridan and Sherman.
    The early leaders of the NRA did protect slaves in their role as military commanders and under martial law.  They did nothing for the safety of slaves as leaders of the NRA.
    The NRA was conspicuously silent about Civil Rights in the 60's.
    However the NRA is trying to reinvent themselves as champions of civil rights.  Here is their attempt to do so:
    " 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 protection."

    Despite winger claims, such as the Gateway Pundit's, that the NRA has always championed minority rights, the truth is that none of the men mentioned did a single action cited as an official of the NRA but instead as an elected official or as a military officer.  Many of the men were also Masons, so should we also declare that Masons actively fought to protect former slaves?  Makes about as much sense

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