I get incensed at the thought of the NRA calling itself the “oldest civil rights group in America”. While they HAVE been around slightly longer than the NAD (National Association for the Deaf) and the NAACP, both of whom actually started as civil rights organizations, the NRA got their start when the Civil War exposed the abysmal lack of firearm knowledge and poor shooting skills on both sides. So they undertook the task to “‘promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis". The fact is, for most of its existence the NRA has worked in the name of gun control. They were instrumental in legislation aimed in reigning the mob in the 30’s and helping Reagan disarm the Black Panthers in the 60’s.
And all that blather about our founders and the second amendment? A 1792 federal law mandated every eligible man to purchase a military-style gun and ammunition for his service in the citizen militia. Such men had to report for frequent musters—where their guns would be inspected and, yes, registered on public rolls.
Time to call out the modern NRA for who they are: shills for the arms industry spreading death and destruction around the world in the name of profit. Just one more oligarch manufactured “right” and “cause” to get enough of the electorate to do its bidding to line their coffers at the citizens’ cost.