The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition

Gun Culture 2.0

In a much longer recent entry I questioned the common narrative that the National Rifle Association was (largely? mostly? considerably?) a-political prior to the 1977 Revolt at Cincinnati.

Continuing my stroll through 100 years of the NRA’s flagship publication, The American Rifleman, I came across still more evidence that the fundamental political emphasis of the NRA has been to protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners (that pesky Second Amendment). Case in point: the 2 February 1918 issue (back when the magazine was still called Arms and the Man).

Hopefully the page images below are clear enough that you can read the full text of “Fight the Firearm Law” for yourself. Here I will just highlight a couple of relevant passages. The piece begins by reporting on work of the United States Revolver Association’s legislative committee which “serves to emphasize the need of eternal vigilance on the part…

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