The National Rifle Association (NRA)

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The NRA Today as school shootings and gun control become bigger issues in the media the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been under scrutiny for their stance. The NRA is very out spoken when it comes to Gun control verses 2nd Amendment rights. Many people support gun control; however, just as many support the NRA’s views. Many Americans own guns and are proud of it. Others feel that only the military and law enforcement should be allowed to carry fire arms. How does the NRA fit in to all this? Was the NRA founded to support the right to bear arms or has that become a circumstance of the times we live in? According to the NRA’s website, the NRA was founded by two Union veterans, William C. Church and General George Wingate in 1871 when…show more content…
The hardcore gun supporters lobbied hard against gun laws while the rest felt they should get back to sportsmanship and safety. The NRA eventually established the Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) headed up by a hard man named Harlon Bronson Carter. Carter was an extreme supporter of gun rights and didn’t believe in compromise in the slightest. The man had a very controversial history due to the shooting of a Mexican youth. Carter was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, but the case was over turned on appeal (Davidson 33). At the 1977 NRA National Convention, Carter and his supporters took control from the existing members and he was named executive vice-president giving him all the power in the NRA. (From that moment on the NRA was a single minded 2nd Amendment rights machine. They lobbied hard against states trying to pass laws and city ordinance against firearms. In the 80s, a new advertising campaign was launched and the slogan “I am the NRA” began to popup in magazines everywhere. By 1986, the NRA had a new executive vice-president and was supporting the McClure-Volmer Act, to reduce gun restrictions by amending the 1968 Gun Control Act. After the Act passed, the NRA turned its gaze on the ban against Teflon coated bullets, nicknamed “Cop Killers”; this lead to more division in the NRA with many members siding with…show more content…
The Brady Bill placed a five-day waiting period and background check on gun purchases. Since the bill didn’t apply to flea markets and gun shows, the sales at these events doubled. The end of the 90s saw the election of new president of the NRA, actor Charlton Heston best known for his portrayal of Moses in The Ten Commandments. Capitalizing on the actor’s fame along with that of Tom Selleck, the NRA used the two men in many magazine

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