National Rifle Association


Sadly, this poem became obsolete as soon as I completed it.


National Rifle Association


1871, The National Rifle Association is founded

Its focus is marksmanship, hunting, and conservation


1975, the NRA turns its attention to politics

Its lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action is created


June 12, 1976: California State University, Fullerton

37 year old custodian

opens fire in the campus library

7 dead, 2 wounded


1976, the NRA creates its Political Action Committee

The Political Victory Fund, to influence our elections


Jan 29, 1979: San Diego, Calif, Grover Cleveland Elementary

16 year old woman

opens fire from her home, across the street

2 dead, 9 wounded


When asked why she did it, the woman responds, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day”


July 28, 1979: “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats

reaches number 1

on the UK Singles Charts

The song is based on the Grover Cleveland Elementary shooting


1980, NRA endorses a presidential candidate for the first time

throwing their money behind Ronald Reagan


January 21, 1985: Goddard, Kansas

14 year old boy

opens fire at Goddard Junior High School

1 Dead, 3 Wounded


October 18, 1985: Detroit, Michigan, Murray-Wright High School

4 teenagers

open fire during halftime of homecoming football game

6 Wounded


December 5, 1986: Lewistown, Montana, Fergus High School

14 year old boy

opens fire on vice-principal and classmates

1 Dead, 3 Wounded


Sept 26, 1988: Greenwood, South Carolina, Oakland Elementary

19 year old man

opens fire in school cafeteria

2 Dead, 8 Wounded


Massacre (mas’ e ker) n. 1. the indiscriminate, merciless killing of a number of human beings



January 17, 1989: Stockton, California, Cleveland School

24 year old man

opens fire on elementary school playground

6 Dead, 32 Wounded


November 1, 1991: Iowa City, Iowa, University of Iowa

28 year old man

opens fire on theoretical space plasma physics research group

6 Dead, 1 Wounded


May 1, 1992: Olivehurst, California, LindhurstHigh School

20 year old man

opens fire and holds over 80 students hostage

4 Dead, 10 Wounded


1992, following election of Bill Clinton

600,000 new members join the NRA


Dec 14, 1992: Great Barrington, Mass., Simon’s Rock College

18 year old man

opens fire, later claiming insanity

2 Dead, 4 Wounded


1995, Ted Nugent is elected

to NRA Board of Directors


1995, NRA-ILA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre refers to ATF agents

as jack-booted government thugs. Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush resigns from NRA


February 2, 1996: Moses Lake, Wash., Frontier Middle School

14 year old boy

opens fire on his algebra class

3 Dead, 1 Wounded


The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population

while owning 50% of the world’s (civilian-owned) guns


October 1, 1997: Pearl, Mississippi, Pearl High School

16 year old boy

opens fire on his ex-girlfriend and other students

3 Dead, 7 Wounded


December 1, 1997: West Paducah, Kentucky, Heath High School

14 year old boy

opens fire on a prayer circle

3 Dead, 5 Wounded


The FBI uses the anagram AS/MCI

when referring to Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents


March 24, 1998: Craighead County, Ark., Westside Middle School

13 year old boy and 11 year old boy

open fire after setting off a fire alarm and emptying school

5 Dead, 10 Wounded


May 21, 1998: Springfield, Oregon, Thurston High School

15 year old boy

opens fire in school cafeteria

4 Dead, 23 Wounded


April 20, 1999: Littleton, Colorado, Columbine High School

18 year old boy and 17 year old boy

open fire on school after spending their morning bowling

15 Dead, 21 Wounded


2000, On February 29, the youngest school shooter ever, Dedrick Owens, age 6

shoots and kills a classmate at Buell Elementary school in Flint, Michigan


“From my cold, dead hands!”

–Charlton Heston, NRA President (2000)


March 5, 2001: Santee, California, SantanaHigh School

15 year old boy

opens fire in a school bathroom

2 Dead, 13 Wounded


March 21, 2005: Red Lake, Minn., Red Lake Senior High School

16 year old boy

opens fire on Indian Reservation and then high school

7 Dead 7 Wounded


2005, George W. Bush signs the NRA’s Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act bill into law Protects gun manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed with their weapons


April 16, 2007: Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech

23 year old man

opens fire in two separate attacks on campus

33 Dead, 17 Wounded


February 14, 2008: DeKalb, Illinois Northern Illinois University

27 year old man

opens fire on university lecture hall

6 Dead, 21 Wounded


2008, NRA spends $40 million on U.S. elections


In 2012, 88 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats in Congress had received an NRA PAC contribution at some point in their career.


February 27, 2012: Chardon, Ohio, ChardonHigh School

17 year old man

opens fire in school cafeteria

3 Dead, 3 Wounded


April 2, 2012: Oakland, California, OikosUniversity

43 year old man

opens fire on classroom, after ordering kids to line up against wall

7 Dead, 3 Wounded


2012, NRA’s Political Victory Fund super PAC spends $11.2 million on 2012 U.S. elections


December 14, 2012: Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook Elementary

20 year old man

opens fire on school, all victims are shot between 3 and 11 times

27 Dead, 2 Wounded


2012, NRA claims 100,000 new members

following the Sandy Hook shootings


June 7, 2013: Santa Monica, California, Santa Monica College

23 year old man

opens fire on campus library

6 Dead, 4 Wounded


October 21, 2013: Sparks, Nevada, Sparks Middle School

12 year old boy

opens fire on school basketball courts

2 Dead, 2 Wounded


2014, NRA claims 5 million dues paying members


October 24, 2014: Marysville, Wash, Marysville Pilchuck High

15 year old boy

opens fire on school cafeteria

5 Dead, 1 Wounded


“Candidates who support gun control do so at their political peril.”

–Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF (November, 2014)


“The National Rifle Association would like to congratulate pro-Second Amendment candidates across the country who won significant victories in their respective states and districts. The NRA scored impressive wins in hotly contested races and played a pivotal role in increasing pro-gun majorities in both chambers of Congress.”

–Posted on, November 5, 2014


November 20, 2014: Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University

31 year old man

opens fire on campus library

1 Dead, 3 Wounded