Without Any Irony, Conservatives Highlight JFK’s Gun Support
Alright, A.W.R. Hawkins of Breitbart.com, you win. You’ve successfully trolled me. You’ve written something so ridiculous, you can’t possibly be ignorant of its irony, so you must be trying to make me upset. Well played.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination, Hawkins has reminded us that JFK was a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. He points out that out of the eight US presidents who were lifetime members of the NRA, JFK is the only Democrat. Hawkins also cites a position statement Kennedy made in 1960 saying” every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country,” and “the Second Amendment will always be important.”
Most of those presidents, including Kennedy, were members of the NRA before it was transformed from a hobbyist organization that supported gun control legislation into a militant lobbying group led by a convicted murder. That change took place during a “revolt” against group leadership in 1977.
Also, in the same statement about the Second Amendment, Kennedy wrote that “it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation.”
Still, the comment section of Hawkins’ article is filled with those assuring that JFK would be a Tea Partier if he were alive today, and lamenting that today’s Democrats supposedly bear no resemblance to Kennedy.
What a shame. Wait, why isn’t Kennedy still around to lead liberals and Democrats down a more gun-loving path?
Oh right. He had his head blown off by an anti-government extremist. While surrounded by the best armed “good guys” in the world.
Days after the assassination, a senator introduced legislation to restrict the kind of gun sales that Lee Harvey Oswald used to buy his rifle (it was purchased through a mail order ad in American Rifleman magazine). The NRA’s executive vice president testified in support of the measure, saying that no “sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States.”
Too bad JFK wasn’t around to disagree.