It turns out that the constitution and the views of the founding fathers are not the only subjects about which David Barton will lie. He also went on Glenn Beck’s TV show and declared that the NRA was actually founded in order to stop the KKK, a claim that even the NRA does not make.
In addition, Barton addressed the founding of the NRA. While some like to demonize pro-Second Amendment group and even call it prejudiced, it turns out the powerful group was in fact started by two Union generals in 1871 as a means to driving out the Ku Klux Klan and ensuring that blacks, who although then-free were not allowed means with which to defend themselves — could in fact legally own a gun.
It’s true that many southern states did ban blacks from owning guns after the Civil War out of fear that they would kill their former owners. But the NRA’s founding had nothing whatsoever to do with that, as PolitiFact points out. Even the NRA does not claim this. The NRA says that it was founded by those former Union officers because they were “dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops” and had an “interest in promoting the shooting sports among America’s youth.” So they bought a farm in Long Island and turned it into a shooting range, a clear means of stopping the KKK from operating hundreds of miles to the south.
PolitiFact rates this a “pants on fire” lie. Or as David Barton likes to call it, “anytime I open my mouth.”
Hat tip: Warren Thockmorton.