Greetings jackbooted gun grabbers! Why so many of you complain about Richard Nixon is a real puzzle. He advocated every infringement on individual liberties that you do.
In 1999, William Safire revealed something to the world that everybody should have known already, which is his habit: Richard Nixon was for strict gun control.
Twenty years ago, I asked Richard Nixon what he thought of gun control. His on-the-record reply: ”Guns are an abomination.” Free from fear of gun owners’ retaliation at the polls, he favored making handguns illegal and requiring licenses for hunting rifles.
The next paragraph of the article “reveals” that Bill Clinton had the same idea. Thanks for the hot tips Mr. Safire. Clinton is still a darling of the Left, while Nixon is their “Conservative” poster boy, yet one cannot find a single policy either of them advocated that is not substantially the same as the other. If you are looking for significant differences, then you have to count Party labels as something “significant.”
Almost 14 years later, Salon.Com drove by the story, opening it with a load of bullshit spun into Leftist honey extract:
For nearly a century after, its founding in 1871, the National Rifle Association was among America’s foremost pro-gun control organizations. It was not until 1977 when the NRA that Americans know today emerged, after libertarians who equated owning a gun with the epitome of freedom and fomented widespread distrust against government—if not armed insurrection—emerged after staging a hostile leadership coup.
They leave out the statist supporting issue driving the organization’s formation. Training people to shoot in case they needed another draft. Instead of the government teaching Joe city-boy how to shoot, a private club would do it for them.
It is hard to believe that the NRA was committed to gun-control laws for most of the 20th century—helping to write most of the federal laws restricting gun use until the 1980s.
No it is not, if you bother to inform why the NRA was promoting gun control all those years. It was race based to keep black people from possessing guns for self-defense. Yes, there have been a flurry of articles to the contrary, but there is no evidence for that view.
Back to the Salon.Com story:
In the 1920s and 1930s, the NRA’s leaders helped write and lobby for the first federal gun control laws—the very kinds of laws that the modern NRA labels as the height of tryanny. The 17th Amendment outlawing alchohol became law in 1920 and was soon followed by the emergence of big city gangsters who outgunned the police by killing rivals with sawed-off shotguns and machine guns—today called automatic weapons.
Yes, most of that is true. However, the “gangsters” had largely stopped using machine-guns before the National Firearms Act went into effect.
Recall the first paragraph quoted, in 1977 where they mention the libertarians staging a hostile coup, that is the point where the NRA sopped being a hindrance to liberty and dropped the bigotry.
Another interesting aspect of this, when the Marxist/Soviet dominated Left was advocating, and participating in the violent overthrow of the US government in the 1960s and 1970s, they were all for private ownership of firearms.
From Abbie Hoffman, to Angela Davis, to Mark Rudd, they all urged their comrades to have arms and be armed. The difference between them and the modern NRA? The communists advocated using them against the otherwise law abiding citizens in an aggressive manner, in order to control others, with no consequences for themselves. The modern NRA, and the typical NRA member, advocates the right to keep and bear arms for self defense and a defense against the tyranny that the Left wishes to impose on all. (Click here for a fantastic audio story on the Battle of Athens)
Steve is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Finance. He is a 30 year veteran Aviation Officer of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and former Defense Contractor in Resource Management. He has always had a libertarian streak, no matter which major Party flag he flew. Today he is a Minarchist leaning to Anarcho-Capitalism. He and his wife reside in a secret, undisclosed, subterranean lair with the clan motto of “Leave us alone and nobody gets hurt.” The Anarchist’s Soufflé Book is Steve’s current work in progress, along with Time Bomber: The Forgotten Yippie, coming soon any year now. Steve has been published by the Reason Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Education. Follow Steve @AustrianAnarchy and view his Austrian Anarchy blog.