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The Right Way With Guns: The National Rifle Association Comic Book From 1956

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Here’s a sixteen page story arguing for guns full of terrible consequences, writes Ethan Persoff. Children are gifted with guns and immediately hospitalized, stray bullets travel a mile into town by accident – the local pastor is involved to TALK DOWN and peer-pressure an over-concerned father – and other random calamities.

Grim and absurdly funny, here’s a rare item from 1956 titled THE RIGHT WAY WITH GUNS! by Capt. Frank Moss and produced by the George A. Pflaum Publishing Company (based in Dayton, Ohio, the company was notable for its Catholic religious weekly newspapers and comic books since 1889) in conjunction with the National Rifle Association. The comic appeared first in Treasure Chest ‘the Pictures Story Magazine For Boys & Girls’, distributed in parochial schools from 1946 to 1972.

 

The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956

The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956

The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956

The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956

The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956 The Right Way With Guns National Rifle Association comic NRA 1956

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  • Freakanatcha

    I like the part where the priest says “I happen to know guns — and boys…” I bet he does.

  • TeleBlaster

    The same argument for teaching sex ed apply to guns; they’re a fact of life in the US and ignorance is dangerous.

  • OBlamo Binlyen

    I personally don’t see anything ‘absurdly’ funny about this. The one boy FOUND a loaded firearm and shot his friend, he wasn’t gifted the gun first. Kids need training in safely handling firearms, a right. Instead we treat firearms like some forbidden evil fruit but sex is ok. We don’t properly train them to drive a car, a privilege. Sadly too many kids are killed because they don’t get good training driving a car and of course the ever popular peer pressure.

  • eskyman

    I should have known you’d censor my comment. Can’t stand the truth, can you?
    You should be ashamed of yourself, Ethan Persoff (or whoever it is that does the censoring of comments here.)
    I still approve of this NRA comic, and the story it tells is still true. Check out the NRA website for more truthful information!

  • Davis Thompson

    What this demonstrates is that the prime mission of the NRA is teaching gun safety. Since “gun safety” has replaced “gun control” in the political discussion, you’d think the NRA would get some credit for their efforts over the years.

    I don’t find this comic anything but an excellent illustration of why teaching gun safety is so important.

  • Full Name

    Guns exist. It does not matter how hard you squeeze your eyes shut and WISH, they will always exist.

  • henrybowmanaz

    Outstanding, and just as true now as it was 60 years ago. Thanks for reprinting it.