John F. Kennedy: Lifetime NRA Member & Second Amendment Defender

By AWR Hawkins

John F. Kennedy Shooting
John F. Kennedy Shooting
AmmoLand Gun News
AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  With the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s (JFK) assassination drawing near, various aspects of his life and presidency are being recounted.

Among these, two aspects that are not getting the attention they deserve are his lifetime membership in the NRA and his defense of the Second Amendment.

According to the Washington Post, JFK was one of eight U.S. presidents to “have been lifetime members [of the NRA].” The others were “Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower… Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.” Kennedy stands out as the only Democrat on that list.

In April 1960, JFK said our founding fathers used phrases like “a well regulated militia” and “the ‘security’ of the nation,” as well as “the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’” to show “the essentially civilian nature of our economy.” 

He posited “fears of governmental tyranny” as the impetus “which gave rise to the Second Amendment” to begin with. And although he believed it “unlikely” that such tyranny “[would] ever be a major danger to our nation,” he said “the Second Amendment will always be important.” 

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins.

About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at [email protected] You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

2 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Bill
Bill
8 years ago

When JFK was president we could buy guns through the mail without background checks or 4473 forms, even nonviolent felons could buy guns; yet crime was low!

The USA was a lot better place to live and raise a family than it is today.

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

It is a long held FACT that President Kennedy’s views in his time would make him a conservative in today’s liberal (or worse) controlled Democrat Party.