John F. Kennedy - NRA Life Member


December 26, 2003, 08:07 PM
I wonder how many people know this? I bet the DNC would prefer that they never hear about it.

I found this in the American Rifleman, May 1961 issue.

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December 26, 2003, 08:13 PM
Oooooooooh, I can't waaaaaaiiiiiit to show my liberal friends...they are going to turn flipflops! :D

December 26, 2003, 09:00 PM
I knew it. It's also interesting that Oswald ordered the rifle he used to kill JFK from an advertisement in the NRA's American Rifleman magazine.

December 26, 2003, 09:04 PM
It is nice that he accepted the offer of a "free" life membership, though if Kennedy was really pro 2A you would think he would have joined anyway, it's not like he couldn't afford it.

I really like it when things like this get dug up about liberals and democrats, especially when Rush L. quotes JFK on tax policy, it sends his liberal radio listeners ballistic.

Interesting that the NRA only had 400000 members in 1961.

December 26, 2003, 09:16 PM
Just goes to show how far the center of political debate has shifted in the last few decades.

December 26, 2003, 09:23 PM
I'd really love to send that to the Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center, etc.-all the folks who make a living accusing the NRA of being "extremist."

December 26, 2003, 09:27 PM
I was thinking to email this to Rush L. but you have to be a member of the 24/7 club and it's not that important to me to join just to email him this. Hope someone who reads this thread is a member of Rush's club then maybe they could email this to Rush. It would be fun to see something like this get real national exposure.

December 26, 2003, 09:34 PM
I'm signed up for Rush 24/7. If anyone has that on .pdf, I'd be glad to send it to him.

December 26, 2003, 10:29 PM
JFK, Member of the NRA

killed by

Lee Harvey Oswald, Member of the ACLU.

You could look it up!

Mark Tyson
December 26, 2003, 10:30 PM
"A nation of minutemen" - that should be our slogan.

Gary H
December 26, 2003, 10:43 PM

Check your Email for PDF version... I rather doubt that they would open an attachment..but best of luck..


December 26, 2003, 10:48 PM
I was thinking to email this to Rush L.

Rush knows. This is not news. Finding the original article is cool, though.

JFK makes a lot of our current Republicans look like bleeding heart liberals.

December 26, 2003, 11:51 PM
JFK was more conservative than either of the two Bush's.

December 27, 2003, 02:05 AM
I was thinking to email this to Rush L.

Can't think of a better way of ruining it than letting that moron shoot his mouth off about it.

rock jock
December 27, 2003, 02:13 AM
JFK was more conservative than either of the two Bush's.
JFK was a political animal as much as Bush I and II. He was a product of the attitudes of his time and his policies reflected that.

December 27, 2003, 05:21 AM
But liberals are eeeeevil!:neener:

December 27, 2003, 07:51 AM
1961 was a much different time.
Comparing the Democrats of then to todays weasels can't be done.

Most D's admire Kennedy but don't really have a clue to his thinking or policies. They just hear the word Democrat.

What would really count is if Wayne sent a life membership to Ted "The swimmer" and he accepted.

Nice gesture by Orth, but it doesn't mean much in today's world.

December 27, 2003, 10:15 AM
Didn't the NRA always give life memberships to the Presidents until Carter? Also, I think they presented a nice rifle to JFK too.

El Tejon
December 27, 2003, 10:50 AM
Believe it was the famous pic of JFK with the M1 Garand in the White House.

Anyone have that or the one of him with the AR?

December 27, 2003, 01:51 PM
Okay, tell me he had a 1911 in his nightstand.

El Tejon
December 27, 2003, 02:03 PM
Didn't Jackie have a .38???:confused:

December 27, 2003, 05:02 PM
No, I'd say more like 34.

4v50 Gary
December 27, 2003, 05:06 PM
He just went up one notch in my book.

Baba Louie
December 27, 2003, 05:12 PM
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia,' the 'security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although 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, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."
-John F. Kennedy

The quote in question.
Can you imagine ANY POLITICIAN running for President today uttering those words???

December 27, 2003, 06:16 PM
Pro-Second Democrats were very common at that time, as was the acceptance of gun ownership.

Here's a quote from the very liberal Hubert Humphrey:

"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizen to bear arms is just one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."

December 27, 2003, 09:55 PM
But liberals are eeeeevil!

Well, pretty much all of today's leadership is. The rank and file are mostly well meaning people who substitute emotions for reason.

El Tejon
December 28, 2003, 10:11 AM
Lone, let's keep this on the High Road!

That was great! :D

December 28, 2003, 10:17 AM
Sorry, I was confused.

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