NRA has changed  a lot over the decades

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The NRA has not always been an anti-gun control organization (NPR, History of the NRA, 10/10/2017). It was founded by two Civil War officers upset by the poor marksmanship of recruits. For over a century, the NRA was known primarily for promoting the safe and proper use of firearms in both hunting and target shooting. It even worked with the federal government to restrict ex-convicts and the mentally ill from owning guns. In the 1930s, the NRA helped pass bills that regulated submachine guns and sawed-off shotguns, banned some gun buyers and made gun dealers register with the government. Its cooperation continued following the political and racial assassinations of the 1960s.In the 1970s, the NRA’s public image began to change after a law-breaking member was killed by an ATF agent. In 1977, it adopted a policy opposing all forms of gun control. Despite this, after the attempt on NRA member President Ronald Reagan’s life, the NRA reluctantly supported the 1994 Brady Bill, which required a waiting period and background checks for handgun purchases. The bill included a 10-year ban on assault weapons. When the ban expired in 2004, the increasingly conservative NRA had gained enough political clout to prevent its renewal.The NRA rapidly rose as a force in fundraising and campaign support. The GOP was the primary benefactor of this growth. By 2016, 99 percent of NRA support went to anti-gun control GOP candidates. Beholden to the NRA for their election and fearful of the NRA’s retribution policy, GOP representatives continue to oppose any gun control legislation.Charles RiellyAltamontMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more