Notable & Quotable
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM
Two aspects of President Kennedy's life that have not received the attention they deserve are his lifetime membership in the NRA and his defense of the Second Amendment, Breitbart reports:
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."