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Douglas

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NRA October 2017
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:50:23 PM »
Mr. LaPierre has the following to say:

Of the many big lies of the gun-ban
media, none should make us angrier
than the malicious, false notion that
somehow the NRA is racist.

Confronted with that “NRA-racism” claim
by a CBS news anchor, my instant reply
was to say that at a time when the doors
of many newsrooms were sealed against
employment of people of color, membership
in the NRA was wide open.

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 1960s' Civil Rights movement.
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.

Nowhere was that more apparent than in
the story of Otis McDonald, the lead plaintiff
in the U.S. Supreme Court case that knocked
down Chicago’s draconian gun ban in 2010
and extended the individual right to keep
and bear arms to every corner of the nation.

An elderly black veteran disarmed by the
Chicago political machine of his right to own
a handgun in his home, McDonald lived in a
once-peaceful neighborhood that had been
taken over by gang members. His singular
accomplishment was summed up in an
obituary published in the Chicago Tribune in
2014, two days after his death at age 80:
“Mr. McDonald felt strongly that he had
a duty to stand up for the rights that had
been taken away from African-Americans
during slavery. … He had come to understand
more about his ancestors and the
… ‘black codes’ that kept guns out of the
hands of freed blacks.”

The Tribune quoted McDonald as saying,
“There was a wrong done a long time
ago that dates back to slavery time. … I
could feel the spirit of those people running
through me as I sat in the Supreme Court.”
McDonald’s recounting of history was
on the mark. Just as people of color were
denied the right to vote, they were denied
the right to keep and bear arms—and with
it, the right to protect themselves, their
families and their communities.

In her autobiography, Condoleezza Rice,
a former Secretary of State, recalls her first
understanding of the Second Amendment. It
came in the wake of the 1963 bombing of a
black church in Birmingham, Ala.—a horrendous
crime that took the lives of childhood
friends of the then-8-year-old Rice. The
murders of those children forever changed
the Civil Rights movement in America. Rice’s
father, a pastor, feared the same fate for his
church. She wrote:

“After the first explosion, Daddy just
went outside and sat on the porch with his
gun on his lap. He sat there all night looking
for white night-riders. Eventually, Daddy
and the men of the neighborhood formed
a watch. They would take shifts at the end
of the entrances to our streets.” Had they
registered their guns, she said, racist law
enforcement “surely would have confiscated
them or worse.”

If you want an example of selective racism
in gun control, it came in the first few
months of the existence of the NRA
Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).
In 1975, the nation’s urban gun
owners were faced with the threat of
federal gun controls that would apply
strictly to urban areas that kicked in
when crime rates hit a certain score.

Pushed hard by then-President
Gerald Ford’s attorney general,
Edward H. Levi, the plan was to
disarm selected city and suburban
residents of their right to armed
self-defense.

Shockingly, Levi was more concerned
with lawfully armed citizens
than illegally armed criminals. In April
1975, he told a law enforcement conference,
“[W]e must try to act immediately
to counter a dangerous trend in
our cities, in which citizens, skeptical
of the government’s ability to protect
them, seek to guarantee their personal
safety through a terrible balance
of force.”

Terrible balance of force? He was
talking about armed citizens—good
people versus evil criminals, where only
the good can be disarmed. And he was
talking about populations of majority
black and Hispanic urban residents.
He was also demanding a prohibitive
tax on so-called “Saturday Night
Specials.” “Short of prohibition,”
Levi wrote, “a taxing system could
be developed to price this variety of
weapon out of existence. The only
advantage to purchasers of these lowquality
weapons is their low price.”

Low price? Read that to mean
that poor black and Hispanic people
were buying them. On Capitol Hill, we
argued the racist nature of all of this,
and we quietly changed the debate.
The urban disarmament schemes were
defeated. It was ILA’s first Civil Rights
victory.

In our 146-year history, open
doors for minorities, and defense of
our common rights has been at the
center of the NRA’s existence. For all
Americans—especially minorities who
are the victims of crime—the NRA is
America’s safest place.





so....if you keep insisting that NRA discriminates, you are without basis and wrong.

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Re: NRA October 2017
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 01:28:05 AM »
Thank you for the post. Do you have a source link?

Douglas

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Re: NRA October 2017
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 05:33:23 PM »

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Re: NRA October 2017
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 07:11:57 PM »
If he wanna talk about history maybe talk about how the NRA backed gun control in California to disarm the black panthers