The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition
Firearms / Media

The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition

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 … Continue reading

How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?
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How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?

I confess that I have always been jealous of historians and historical sociologists because their wide field of vision offers so many insights into the present. Good history helps us see where we came from, and how the present day is or is not different from the past. Total immersion into a previous time period … Continue reading

New York Times Column Predicted Trump Victory (Sort Of)
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New York Times Column Predicted Trump Victory (Sort Of)

In doing some background reading for my recent post on gun ownership statistics, I came across a very interesting guest column on the New York Times’ “The Upshot” page. It was written by David Rothschild, an economist at Microsoft Research (PredictWise.com), and Sharad Goel, an assistant professor at Stanford University in the School of Engineering. … Continue reading