No, Mr. Barton, the NRA Did Not Form to Stop KKK


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.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    Did Barton used to take the time and care to carefully craft his lies? ‘Cause I’m getting the impression that he’s now just saying whatever comes to mind as he’s speaking.

  2. bmiller says

    Barton is almost reaching William Tappley levels of insanity in his lies. It’s like he doesn’t even try to be believable anymore.

  3. Artor says

    So is Barton saying the KKK bad / NRA good? The NRA was intended to remedy a great injustice perpetrated by the racist KKK? Or is he saying NRA bad / KKK good? The fascist NRA was founded to combat that good American Xian institution, the KKK? Considering his target audience, he’s going to alienate some of his followers either way.

  4. Draken says

    Pity we can’t see the overlap between KKK psycophants and NRA members. I bet you wouldn’t want to pay each of them a dollar.

  5. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    PolitiFact rates this a “pants on fire” lie. Or as David Barton likes to call it, “anytime I open my mouth.”

    Normally Ed’s conclusion would be obvious hyperbole, and well-deserved if applied to serial liars. But it’s been my observation that David Barton, like Sarah Palin, lies all the time. I’ve yet to encounter even one occurrence where either didn’t lie.

  6. kermit. says

    Michael, Ace, I checked with Wikipedia, and it seems like he is telling the truth when he gives his name.

  7. jba55 says

    I also have no idea what he thinks to gain with this creative version of history, although from the quote it seems like he’s pro-NRA/anti-KKK. Which is… well, not that great really, but better than being pro-KKK.

    @Kermit: We can’t be sure though and I for one want to see his long-form birth certificate.

  8. D. C. Sessions says

    David Barton, like Sarah Palin, lies all the time

    Hold it, Mr. Heath. Are you saying that Saint Sarah really isn’t the mother of Bristol and the other kids?

  9. thebookofdave says

    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.

    Well, if they were trying to deter the KKK from Long Island, clearly their marksmanship skills weren’t at fault, so much as their unrealistic assessment of their weapons’ range. Jeesh, makes me wonder how they survived basic training, much less won a war.

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