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Virginia Democrat schooled after saying NRA 'descendants of the KKK'

Virginia Democrat claims NRA is descendent from the KKK.
Virginia Democrat claims NRA is descendent from the KKK.
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On Wednesday, Mike Dickinson, a Virginia Democrat running for the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., was corrected by Twitter users after he claimed the NRA descended from the Ku Klux Klan in a message sent on Twitter.

"The NRA are descendants of the KKK. They get over on intimidation and flag waving," he wrote.

"The KKK was founded by Democrats. Your statement is invalid," one person said in response.

Dickinson countered by claiming Democrats were Republicans "back in the day."

That response prompted a number of replies excoriating Dickinson.

"Back in the day Democrats were slave owners. They still want to be," tweeted "TANSTAAFL."

"Yeah I recall that Robert Byrd was a Republican.. Oh wait," added "Jane."

Dickinson was also reminded that Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act and Eugene "Bull" O'Connor was a Democrat.

"Did you know the poll tax was a Democratic institution," asked "TANSTAAFL." "Did you know Jim Crow laws were instituted and enforced by Democrats?"

Another person piled on, sarcastically telling Dickinson that "white people were black people."

An article written by Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, calls the KKK the "terrorist arm of the Democrat Party," citing "A Short History of Reconstruction" by Dr. Eric Foner, a liberal historian who is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, a man regarded as "one of this country's most prominent historians."

Rice quoted Foner on the origin of the KKK: “Founded in 1866 as a Tennessee social club, the Ku Klux Klan spread into nearly every Southern state, launching a ‘reign of terror‘ against Republican leaders black and white.”

On page 186 of his book, Foner adds: “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy. It aimed to destroy the Republican party’s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.”

The NRA, on the other hand, was founded in 1871 by Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate, Union veterans dismayed by the lack of marksmanship skills shown by their troops.

The NRA also established charters to help train local African American communities to protect themselves from groups like the KKK.

In 1960, the Monroe, N.C. chapter of the NAACP formed the Black Guard, a group whose mission was to protect the local black community, after filing for a charter from the NRA.

Dickinson has also said gun owners are like "little children" and has called for guns to be titled and registered like cars.

Note: Dickinson has agreed to debate this writer on Wednesday, Feb. 26, here.



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