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'NRA Founded to Protect Blacks from KKK' Claim is Debunked

The Republican Party of Milwaukee County posted a video (below) on May 28 of conservative black leaders speaking out against gun background checks during a February 22 news conference in Washington D.C.

One of the speakers, Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, made this claim: "I want to thank the Lord for our Constitution. I also want to thank the NRA for its legacy. The National Rifle Association was started, founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan."

Alford is not the only one to make this claim.

Debunked Christian historian David Barton told Glenn Beck in January that the NRA got started in 1871 to help newly-freed blacks defend themselves (video below).

However, states that this claim about the NRA isn't true, notes the Tampa Bay Times. points to the NRA's website, which does not mention the KKK, defending black people or religious folks founding the NRA. says that it "called and emailed the NRA to inquire about Alford's claim, but the group offered no response."

Alford's wife Kay DeBow, who serves as the National Black Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, sent three articles to back her husband's claim.

However, says none of the articles do. concludes: "We can’t say whether he was misinformed or intended to mislead. But the NRA itself says the group was formed by Union Civil War veterans to improve soldiers’ marksmanship. And we found no evidence that religious leaders founded the NRA to protect freed slaves from the KKK. The claim is not only inaccurate but ridiculous."

Sources:, Tampa Bay Times,,


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