More than a half-century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, the radical leftists who blame Texans, conservatives and gun owners conveniently continue to ignore the dirty little fact that the triggerman was a communist, or at least a sympathizer.
And here’s something else: Lee Harvey Oswald was not a member of the National Rifle Association, but the president he murdered certainly was. JFK was one of eight U.S. presidents who became NRA Life members, and the only Democrat on that list.
Wednesday marks the 54th anniversary of that horrible day in Dallas when the lights went out in what has become known among JFK admirers as “Camelot.” The dashingly handsome president and his stunningly beautiful First Lady became icons of a party that today might not even let Kennedy through the door.
Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country” wouldn’t sit well with today’s far left Democrat hierarchy. They might call the statement insensitive to the homeless, and maybe even racist.
His March 1961 remarks in a letter to then-NRA Executive Vice President Franklin Orth would infuriate the extremist gun prohibitionists at Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety:
“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 forefathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of government tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains a major 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.”
Far too many people in his party nowadays labor to turn the right to keep and bear arms into a government-regulated privilege.
Thanks to President Donald Trump, thousands of records relating to Kennedy’s assassination have now been released. They may not satisfy the conspiracy theorists, but they do reflect the efforts of an exhaustive investigation.
Oswald was gunned down on live television two days later, on Nov. 24, by Jack Ruby, an act that only intensified the conspiracy buffs.
History notes that the assassin had strong communist sentiments. But after living in the then-Soviet Union for a couple of years, he returned to the United States. He apparently didn’t like life in Russia to a higher degree than he didn’t like life in this country.
Oswald was a cop-killer who carried a handgun illegally that he used to murder Dallas Officer J.D. Tippit less than an hour after Kennedy was fatally shot. That might make him real popular with today’s cop-hating anarchists.
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JFK’s assassination launched the modern gun control movement which has become a gun prohibition crusade. Considering his anti-American politics, the man who shot him might today even be part of that effort.