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Jun 26 2013

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.

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  1. 1
    Who Knows?

    Ding Dong DOMA’s DEAD!!!

  2. 2
    Chiroptera

    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.

  3. 3
    Reginald Selkirk

    The NRA did not stop the KKK, Superman did.

  4. 4
    Modusoperandi

    I’m pretty sure it was the NHRA.

  5. 5
    holytape

    I thought the NRA was formed by George Washington to stop Godzilla, the British and space aliens from killing baby Jesus.

  6. 6
    iangould

    Even if the claim were true, they did a shit job of it.

  7. 7
    bmiller

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

  8. 8
    Artor

    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.

  9. 9
    Draken

    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.

  10. 10
    Michael Heath

    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.

  11. 11
    Ace of Sevens

    @Michael, that’s not fair. Sometimes Barton says these that are technically true, but worded to imply something which is not.

  12. 12
    kermit.

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

  13. 13
    jba55

    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.

  14. 14
    D. C. Sessions

    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?

  15. 15
    slc1

    Re Chirptera @ #2

    Barton seems to be turning into a random lie generator.

  16. 16
    thebookofdave

    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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