By The Gun Psychiatrist
Like most gun owners, I grew up being taught that the NRA is the oldest gun rights organization in our country. Not only did I believe this, I was a member of the NRA for some time before realizing that the organization was never “Tough” on repealing gun control legislation. In 2010 I did not renew my membership and sought elsewhere to tithe my hard earned money to a more deserving organization. Years later I learned about the untold history of the NRA, and what I learned shocked my conscience.
The NRA has become a hot topic of conversation in recent weeks beginning with its lawsuit against Ackerman-McQueen, their public relations company. Though its suit has brought much overdue attention, it seems to finally be the breech in the dam for the NRA. Gun writers are doing an amazing job at breaking information as it comes out. Some of us know that the NRA is not the tip of the spear in defending gun rights, but few are discussing specific things the organization has done since its inception.
For the record, I am a staunch Second Amendment supporter and believe in the original intent of the Second Amendment prescribed by the founders in 27 words. Additionally, I believe that any attempt to add to those 27 words is simply an attempt at gun control. If you are hip to the goings-on at the NRA, this article series is going to be worth the read.
NOTE: The information I will be presenting may not reflect the stance of NRA members, but pertains more to organizational leadership.
The Second amendment and why we have it
For the readers new to gun culture, the Second Amendment states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state (Pause – Part II) The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” ← PERIOD. In 27 words the founders established that states are sovereign, that in order to maintain a state’s sovereignty, a militia must be maintained, and separately, Americans have a right to firearms without infringement. Let us be clear on the exact definition of infringement.
¹INFRINGE In·fringe /in’frinj/ 1: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another. 2: Actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.).
On April 18, 1775 British General Thomas Gage marched to Concord, MA in order to seize a large arms cache held by the MA militia, thus the story of Paul Revere and battles which ensued earlier at Lexington. In short, fighting our way out of a horrid tyranny, gave us the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This path to freedom was paved in blood, sacrifice, and the individual, unobstructed right to own firearms.
Though the Constitution was ratified in 1787, it was not until Dec 15, 1791 that the founders passed the law giving us ten amendments to the constitution known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights, better known as a Bill of Restrictions on government, contains the Second Amendment.
History does not reflect that a herd of deer were marching on Concord to seize weapons, nor does it reflect that the founders hastily passed a gun amendment for sporting purposes, or defending themselves from a tyrannical wild game population. The founders were simply afraid of Government. Thus, history hath shewn that an armed populace is a free populace, and subjects only exist via the mechanisms of disarmament.
The Cash Cow of Concealed Carry Permit Training
Just under a century after ratifying the Bill of Rights, gun control, restrictions on guns, or harsh laws pertaining to guns were not a part of the American psyche. The only two examples of early gun control were Georgia banning handguns in 1837 (ruled unconstitutional in the SCOTUS), and the black codes enacted in 1865. It was not until 1871 that our Second Amendment met its first true domestic enemy…. The National Rifle Association (NRA).
“The National Rifle Association has been in support of workable, enforceable gun control legislation since its very inception in 1871.”
~ NRA CEO Gen. Franklin L. Orth
March 1968 issue of American Rifleman
Franklin Orth, the CEO of the NRA at the time, admits that since its inception, they have been finding ways to incrementally destroy the Second Amendment using unconstitutional, pretended legislation. This was a hard pill to swallow as I grew up believing the NRA was committed to gun rights.
The first sellout of gun owners began in the early 1920’s with the US Revolver Association (call it NRA²). The NRA² was a subsidiary of the National Rifle Association dedicated to handgun training. Like Franklin Orth, it too had an issue with the Second amendment. The NRA² was very busy from about 1918 and into the late 1920’s crafting ways to “Infringe” the manner in which arms were to be born by Americans. The NRA² led many efforts in several states to require concealed weapon licensing; a new idea in America or was it a business model?
²License (li·cense): 1: Permission to act. 2: A permission granted by competent authority [that’s hilarious] to engage in an activity or occupation otherwise unlawful. 3: A permit from an authority to own or use something (Not found in Second Amendment, nor is freedom a permission).
Initially passed in over 9 states, this pretended legislation quickly spread throughout the several states like an STD. Today in America, there are only a handful of states which have reversed the piss-poor litigious initiatives blessed by the NRA and reinstated constitutional carry (permit-less carry). Please do not confuse my disgust with carry permits as opposition to firearms safety training.
Have you ever asked yourself why the NRA pushes so hard for concealed carry permits? I am not talking reciprocity, I am talking about why they want Americans to obtain government permission to exercise a right? The NRA established itself as a training industry, and most industries use the power of lobby, pulling the levers of government for some sort of financial gain to themselves, at the expense of We The People.
Let’s use fire extinguishers for a fictional example, a large manufacturer could lobby government to insure every home and building has, by law (force), one of its fire extinguishers inside. Though having an extinguisher is a good idea, mandating one by force is not freedom. The NRA has done the same thing with carry permits.
In most states, to obtain a carry license you have to attend a training class. Good idea right? In my research, I found that most states, by law, only accept training classes conducted by certified NRA instructors! You would think military, police, gunsmiths, and others highly skilled in the manipulation of firearms could conduct a state recognized course and train people to carry a gun. NOPE! In most states, only an NRA instructor can certify gun owners to carry a firearm concealed. Note: Some states now accept LEO and military training in lieu of an NRA class to obtain unconstitutional permission to carry.
Do you want to help people beg government for a privilege to carry a gun? Me neither, but if you do, better pay the NRA some dough because without the NRA certification, you cant help anyone. To become an instructor most states require a person, by law (force), to become a NRA certified trainer. If the NRA is not specifically mentioned in State law as having the adequate certifying guidelines, XXX companies or associations training regimen are. When researching some XXX company/association’s training regimen, most state: “NRA certifying officials conduct our two day course.”
Regardless of your feelings on constitutional carry or unconstitutional government permission, the NRA sold us down the river. The right to carry concealed in most states is now a government privilege, but the fruits of the NRA’s actions continue to make the organization loads of cash on instructor fees alone. The NRA boasts it currently has 125,000 instructors, 8,000 coaches and 2,200 training councilors on its web site³, those being today’s numbers. I fully support safety training for gun owners, but not by government force or mandate.
“I have never believed in the practice of carrying weapons. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”
~ Karl T. Fredrick NRA President and VP US Revolver Association.
At NFA hearings before passage of 1934 National Firearms Act
Karl Fredrick also worked diligently to frame the Uniform Firearms Act of 1930 that was later adopted by several states.
The American Rifleman March, 1968 Issue
It is America in the year 1930, alcohol is illegal, but one could easily obtain a steady supply of reefer, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns and machine guns. I dream at night frequently about mail ordering my very own full-auto Auto Ordnance M1A1 SBR or 1927A1. I go to the range, smoking a fat Cuban cigar in my coat and top hat, and proceed to saw targets in half with .45 reasons to achieve pure bliss. Then I wake up and realize the nightmare of reality.
During this 1933-34 period, the NRA was busy in an advisory role to bless the passage of the Infamous National Firearms Act of 1934. In this unconstitutional pretended legislation, it requires a “tax stamp” on certain types of firearms and accessories (RIGHTS), like machine guns, SBR’s, SBS’s, and today, suppressors. These items are not illegal to purchase and own, to do so without paying a tax to an unconstitutional bureaucracy to exercise a right is. So what does the NFA of 1934 have to do with the NRA?
“The NRA supported The National Firearms Act of 1934 which taxes and requires registration of such firearms as machine guns, sawed-off rifles, and sawed-off shotguns.”
~ American Rifleman, page 22, Issue: March 1968
If you are speechless right now, trust me, I feel your frustration. In black and white, the NRA, in its own publication, is on-record as supporting one of the most outrageous, unconstitutional pretended laws pertaining to firearms, the NFA. This law has destroyed the lives of countless men, women and children. No founder could have foreseen an America where a 1/64” length variation under 16” or 18” on a barrel could land you in prison for 10 years, or worse, shot in the head by an FBI sniper.
“The NRA Supported The Federal Firearms Act of 1938, which regulates interstate and foreign commerce in firearms and pistol or revolver ammunition…”
~ American Rifleman, Page 22
So far, America’s “oldest defender of the Second Amendment” has abolished constitutional carry in most states, financially burdened the right to own a machine gun, SBR/SBS or suppressor, and has supported the Federal Firearms Act of 1938. What is their justification for abusing the Constitution? Gangsterland weapons. As with any garbage legislation, the problem they attempt to solve only grows into a bigger issue like organized crime, while criminalizing the law abiding.
Treason against the United States is defined as levying war against them. Notice “them,” that references We The People. Should this war waged on our Second Amendment be classified as treason?
They go further, discussing their support for Sen. Thomas Dodd’s bills. Remember the writs of tyranny that eventually lead to the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968? The NRA does, because they blessed it. Food for thought, the GCA of 68, almost verbatim, mirrored the Nazi Weapons Law of 1938. Do you know the definition of registration? I am sure Merriam-Webster could tell us, but the NRA does a better job…
“The NRA supported the original Dodd Bill to amend the Federal Firearms Act in regard to handguns when it was introduced as S.1975 in August, 1963. Among its provisions was the requirement that the purchaser submit a notarized statement to the shipper that he was over 18 and not legally disqualified from possessing a handgun.”
~ American Rifleman, Page 22
It gets better….
“In January, 1965, with the continued support of the NRA, Senator Dodd introduced an amended version of his first bill, now designated 5.14 and expanded to cover rifles and shotguns as well as handguns.” ~ American Rifleman, Page 22
Then in the next quote, Judas all the sudden decides it cant take the pressure……
“The parting of ways came only when Senator Dodd introduced still another bill (S. 1592) in March, 1965 which drastically intensified his earlier bills. The NRA opposed S.1592 and subsequent bills introduced by the Connecticut Senator.”
~ American Rifleman, Page 22
So, when Satan himself (Dodd) doubled down, Judas (NRA) runs off, hanging all gun owners, making the rounds in D.C. to insure successful passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act. Today’s epistemologists⁴ could only imagine if the NRA waged begging campaigns for money back then, under the guise of “saving the Second Amendment.”
The American Rifleman continues:
“NRA support of Federal gun legislation did not stop with the earlier Dodd bills. It currently backs several Senate and House bills which, through amendment, would put new teeth into the National and Federal Firearms Acts. The essential provisions which the NRA supports are contained in two Senate bills, these bills would include:
- Impose manditory penalty for the carrying or use of a firearm, transported in interstate or foreign commerce, during the commission of certain crimes.
- Place “destructive devices” (bombs, mines, grenades, crew-served military ordnance) under federal regulation.
- Prohibit any licensed manufacturer or dealer from shipping any firearm to any person in any state in violation of the laws of that state.
- Regulate the movement of handguns in interstate commerce by:
- requiring a sworn statement, containing certain information, from the purchaser to seller for the receipt of a handgun in interstate commerce.
- Provide for notification of local police of perspective sales. [this is gun registration, how is that working for ya Hawaii?]
- Require a 7-day waiting period by the seller after receipt of acknowledgment of notification of police
- Prescribe a mininum age of 21 for a license to sell firearms and increasing the license fees
- Provide for written notification by manufacturer or dealer to carrier that firearm is being shipped in interstate commerce.
- Increase penalties for violation.”
~ Page 22 & 23 American Rifleman
So on page 23, the NRA goes on record supporting firearms registration, first time ban on destructive devices, police notification of sales, other registration schemes, waiting periods, age discrimination, and increasing penalties on gun owners. Furthermore, for decades the liberal-progressive fake news industrial complex (media) and NRA have somehow sold the lie that they (NRA) are the only reason we have a Second Amendment. Click here for access to the issue of the March 1968 American Rifleman.
⁵Gaslighting (gas·light·ing) 1: A form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, or sanity.
In part two of this article, I will analyze the NRA’s support for gun control post 1968. I will also discuss some of the things the organization does for the gun industry, and what its focus should be to save the organization.
Read Part 2 here
- Google Definitions and Merriam-Webster.com
- Merriam-Webster.com and Dictionary.com
- NRA Source Here
- Epistemologist: Studies how we know things, Source Here