Back in the 1950s and even later, many high schools had shooting ranges. Students even brought their own rifles to school. What changed in society that we could trust such activities then, but not now?

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  • Sky

    Actually, the NRA was founded to improve the marksmanship during the civil war. Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate were “dismayed” at the troops lack of it so they formed it to promote and encourage better shooting on a “scientific” basis. They were granted the charter on 1871 which is when they were “founded” (

    This was 80 yrs… before the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. The NRA describes itself as “America’s longest-standing civil-rights organization” not because of the “Civil Rights” movement but because of the “Civil War” foundation. People tend to confuse these two. Part of this “misunderstanding” most likely came from Harry Alford, the president of the Black Chamber of Commerce, who stated “The National Rifle Association was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan…They would raise money, buy arms, show the free slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. God bless you. Many of us probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the NRA” in a 2013 conference.

    There is no evidence to support this and as stated the NRA was founded way before this period for different reasons. That said, there is the history of the Black Guard. In 1956, Rob Williams a civil rights leader founded the Black Guard for the exact reasons you mentioned above as well as those spoke by Harry Alford. In doing so, he did file a charter from the NRA (

  • TheSteveGiant

    I think the point being made isn’t to define morality or what makes something moral. I believe the point was that if you need a belief in something to justify your own morals, you don’t truly understand what is right, and what is wrong. You only think you do based upon scripture written in a book. If you really understood right and wrong you don’t need faith in a religion to tell you that.

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