Friday, May 24, 2013

Upcoming Anniversary

We're coming up on a golden anniversary, November 23rd, 1963. 

What's that?  The premiere of the very first episode of Doctor Who?  Why yes.  That is important, but something firearm related happened that day, too.

The president was assassinated by a communist that bought his gun through a mail order catalog.  The first push then really got momentum.  More high profile assassinations and Charles Whitman followed in the next 5 years, and we end up with the Gun Control Act of 1968.  It would take the NRA another 9 years to catch up to this shift.  Now that I'm getting older, this span of time doesn't seem as long as it once did.  Blink of an eye.

I wonder if Gun Magazine will keep up with putting their 50 year old issues on line.  I'd like to see if there is a shift in their editorial content and letters to the editor back then.  Plus, I love reading old stuff like that.

Since 1963, these big time news events involved what kinds of weapons?  Less that mediocre scoped furren surplus rifle, a plethora of firearm but mostly a scoped hunting rifle, a scoped hunting rifle, a .22 pistol... in 1981 another .22 pistol.  What did the legislation actually ban in 1968?  Just the cheaper .22 pistols. 

Also, the gun rights arguments of February 1963 are the exact same ones we use today.  Gun restrictions don't stop criminals and do disarm the law abiding, it is our sacred right explained in the 2nd, current gun laws are inept and contradictory, not enough is done to prosecute criminal use.

4 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

What's Sad is that the Anti-Gunners have been pushing the same old lies for 50 years, and yet they are still able to sell that Swamp Land to the Sheeple.

armedlaughing said...

Not to pick nits, but JFK was shot on the 22nd...

I'm not so certain Oswald did it (or acted alone), but I am certain the arguments for control remain the same.

Vapid and meaningless.

gfa

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

So he was... I've thought for years it was the 23rd...

Old NFO said...

22nd, and yes they're STILL pushing that swamp land...