The National Rifle Association has a rich history that goes back to shortly after the Civil War, when in 1871, Union veterans created it to train city slicker troops who couldn't hit the side of a barn with their musket shots. But as the 4 million strong group readies its fight to oust President Obama in 2012, it has to go back only 11 years for a battle plan. That's when the Second Amendment advocates mounted their biggest political effort ever to defeat then Vice President Al Gore by targeting key pro gun Democratic states he needed to beat George W. Bush, like Arkansas. "We actually knocked out a presidential candidate," says new NRA President David Keene.
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