China Has Gun Control

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China Has Gun Control

 

 

Name:
Gun Owners of America (Creator)
Title:
China Has Gun Control
Abstract:
The Gun Owners of America ("GOA") produced and distributed this bumper sticker in response to the deaths of Chinese pro-democracy activists at Tiananmen Square in June 1989. By referencing the notion that restrictive gun laws led to the inability of Chinese protestors to defend themselves from a tyrannical government, this item tied into a still-active conservative ideology of firearm rights that linked gun ownership to the preservation of democratic government. A commercial artist and mid-level California Republican operative named H.L. "Bill" Richardson founded the GOA in 1975. In addition to trying to sway popular opinion with lectures, opinion pieces in periodicals, and items such as this bumper sticker, the GOA operated (and still operates) as a lobbying group and legal defense fund in support of liberal gun ownership rights. Through an associated political action committee, it also supports political candidates it feels are in favor of its goals.
Collection Name:
Group Research, Inc. Records
Archival Context:
Series XIV: Bumper Stickers. Box no. 506, Folder no. China Has Gun Control (Gun Owners of America)
Format:
printed ephemera
Place of Origin:
Springfield (Va.)
Date:
[1989]
Language:
English
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Digital Project:
Choosing sides: right-wing icons in the Group Research Records
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/D8JH4Z3M