Nov. 17, 2013
Lee Harvey Oswald posing with the murder weapon he bought from an ad in American Rifleman.
An advertisement in the NRA’s American Rifleman led Lee Harvey Oswald to purchase the rifle and scope used in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
by David Robb
If not for the National Rifle Association, November 22, 1963, might today be remembered as the day that Aldus Huxley, author of Brave New World, died in Los Angeles; or the day that C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, died in Oxford, England.
Instead, that date will forever be remembered as the day, 50 years ago, that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
And the NRA played a key supporting role in the President’s murder.
The NRA’s connection to the President’s assassination began one day in early March of 1963 as Lee Harvey Oswald sat at the kitchen table in his little upstairs apartment on West Neely Street in Dallas, browsing through the February issue of American Rifleman, the NRA’s official publication.
He was looking to buy a gun – a high-powered rifle.