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GUNS, SILVER AND JFK
By Mike Fuljenz

JFK, the NRA and
The Second Amendment

John F. Kennedy was one of eight ..
presidents to become a Life member
of the National Rifle Association,
guardian of Americans' Second
Amendment rights. In this distinction,
 was the lone Democrat in the
company of Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore
Roosevelt, William Howard Taft,
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M.
Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George ..
Bush, all of whom became lifetime
 members (although Nixon
disavowed his membership in 
and George Bush resigned in ).
In his March , , letter to 
Executive Vice President Franklin
Orth accepting his Life membership,
Kennedy wrote, "I am pleased to accept
Life Membership in the National Rifle
Association and extend to your organization every good wish for continued
success." He continued, "Through
competitive matches and sports in
coordination with the National Board
for the Promotion of Rifle Practice,
the Association fills an important role
in our national defense effort, and
fosters in an active and meaningful
fashion the spirit of the Minutemen."
Kennedy supported Second Amendment rights for Americans, saying in
an April  statement, "By calling
attention to a well-regulated militia,
the security of the nation, and the right
of each citizen to keep and bear arms,
our founding forefathers recognized
the essentially civilian nature of our
economy. Although it is extremely
unlikely that the fears of government
tyranny which gave rise to the Second
Amendment will ever be a major danger
to our nation, the Amendment still
remains a major declaration of our
basic civilian-military relationships, in
which every citizen must be ready to
participate in the defense of his country.
For that reason, I believe the Second
Amendment will always be important."

JFK's High Standing
With Americans

Immediately after his assassination, the
popularity of the late president was
reflected in the unprecedented
demand for the  Kennedy half dollar, minted in
his honor. Almost five times
as many Kennedy halves
were dated  as the number of Ben Franklin half dollars that were dated .
John Kennedy stands far
and away as the most popular
of recent former presidents in
the .. A  poll in January 
found that  percent of Americans
approved of , with only  percent
disapproving and  percent with no
opinion. Bill Clinton was second with
a  percent approval rate, and Reagan
was third with  percent approval.
Understandably, Democrats and Independents were more positive about Kennedy than were Republicans. However,
even among the  Kennedy fared well,
with  percent approving,  percent disapproving and  percent with no opinion.

Our Last 'Hard Money'
President

President Kennedy was the last ..
president who defended the traditional
role of silver in .. coinage. His
successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, sowed
the seeds of future inflation with his
"guns-and-butter" spending policies
(paying for rising war and welfare costs
at the same time). Barely  months
after President Kennedy was killed in
November , silver demand rose
so fast that President Johnson opted
to take silver out of most .. coins
during the early summer of .
On June , , while signing the
Coinage Act of , President Johnson
proudly stated that he made "... the first

Colt crafted this
revolver as a gift
for President John
F. Kennedy, but his
untimely death in
November 1963 prevented the company
from presenting the
handgun to him.

fundamental change in our coinage in 
years. The Coinage Act of  supersedes
the act of -since that time our
coinage of dimes, quarters, half dollars
and dollars have contained  percent
silver. Today, except for the silver dollar,
we are establishing a new coinage-the
new dimes and quarters will contain no
silver. They will be composites, with faces
of the same alloy used in our -cent piece
that is bonded to a core of pure copper."
Despite saying that "Silver consumption is now more than double new silver
production each year," he defied all laws
of economic supply and demand by
adding, "Our present silver coins won't
disappear and they won't even become
rarities ... . If anybody has any idea of
hoarding our silver coins, let me say this.
Treasury has a lot of silver on hand, and
it can be, and it will be used to keep the
price of silver in line with its value in
our present silver coin. There will be no
profit in holding them out of circulation
for the value of their silver content."
President Johnson was very, very
wrong. Today, the price of pre-
"junk" circulating silver coins is
about  times their face value. A
 dime trades for about .,
while most .. dimes minted after
 are worth ... just  cents.

See the NRA Member Exclusive offer inside the front cover of this issue and get a 1st Date of Issue, 1964 Kennedy
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