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  •  I have read the revisionist histories which (4+ / 0-)
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    tytalus, JeffW, SilentBrook, blueoasis

    basically are the argument that many Union officers in the conduct of their duties as officers in the Union Army did do many things to aid in the enfranchisement of slavery and in the suppression of Southern insurrection.  However during Reconstruction, this duty was carried out with varying degrees of zeal or indifference, depending upon the officer's individual view of what should be the fate of the newly freed slaves.

    Some of these officers later became officials in the NRA which was founded as a shooting society to encourage better marksmanship among the civilian population, having been appalled by the lousy shooting of conscripts during the late war.  The fact that they enforced what could be called "civil rights" as a part of their duties as an officer and then later joined the NRA is the NRA's claim to being a civil rights organization.

    Barton is correct that the KKK hated the NRA but omits the fact this hatred was purely personal and directed at the former Union officers who were members of the association.      

    •  This is why I checked (4+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook, blueoasis, Miggles, entlord

      one of the wiki links that went back to the NRA; it's clear about the purpose of the organization when it was formed. This civil rights BS is just part of the defensive strategies the NRA has tried lately. They think people are going to forget things like this in the history of Republican politics.

      In reality, the Reagan legacy is replete with examples of disrespect and outright hostility towards African-Americans. As governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act, which prohibited the public carrying of firearms. The law was passed specifically as a direct response to the Black Panther Party.
      And I don't even have to guess where the NRA was when that happened.

      “Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: 'More guns,' you’ll claim, 'are the NRA’s answer to everything!'" -- Wayne LaPierre

      by tytalus on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 10:43:14 AM PST

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