I am amused by the innocence of these early magazines, but also saddened when I realize what has been lost. We have become so jaded by the intervening years. One thing however, hasn’t changed Eternal vigilance is still the price of freedom and I am afraid our accounts are severely in arrears. Our schools will be no help and are a large part of the problem in that they have not been teaching about our American heritage the way they should. But read for yourself how far we have strayed.

Gun Culture 2.0

In a much longer recent entry I questioned the common narrative that the National Rifle Association was (largely? mostly? considerably?) a-political prior to the 1977 Revolt at Cincinnati.

Continuing my stroll through 100 years of the NRA’s flagship publication, The American Rifleman, I came across still more evidence that the fundamental political emphasis of the NRA has been to protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners (that pesky Second Amendment). Case in point: the 2 February 1918 issue (back when the magazine was still called Arms and the Man).

Hopefully the page images below are clear enough that you can read the full text of “Fight the Firearm Law” for yourself. Here I will just highlight a couple of relevant passages. The piece begins by reporting on work of the United States Revolver Association’s legislative committee which “serves to emphasize the need of eternal vigilance on the part…

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