By Sarah Wojcicki-Cunningham The National Rifle Association’s long-running “battle of the bull’s-eye” over who coined the term “bollocks” is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a new documentary.
In the film, titled The Bull’s-Eye, co-director and NRA spokesperson Brian Brown talks about the origins of the term and how it was originally coined in a 1996 debate between NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and NRA board member and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The term was coined in an email from Biden’s campaign manager to LaPierre in April 1996, Brown writes, and Biden used it repeatedly during the 2012 presidential campaign, including during his address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“He [Biden] said, ‘We have to say we’re bulls’ and we have to be bull-shitting and we’ve got to be the bullshitting ones,’ ” Brown wrote.
“The phrase stuck.
He was right.”
In an interview with CNN, Brown said he wanted to “show a new side of the history of the NRA” because the group has been in the spotlight for decades, and the new film will hopefully shine a light on its roots.
“I don’t think it’s really about the NRA,” Brown said, but rather “the way that we’ve become the face of the gun industry.”
The film is due out later this year.
“Bulls’ eyes” became an American term for a weapon, but it has also been used in reference to a person, a person’s body, and a particular time period.
In the late 19th century, the term was applied to women, especially prostitutes and black slaves.
In fact, it became so popular that it became slang for “black” and was even used in advertisements.
The phrase was used as an insult by a few, including President Andrew Jackson in 1835, and it has been used to refer to African-Americans since.
In 1787, Benjamin Franklin penned an editorial in the Philadelphia Evening Transcript calling the term the “bull’s-eyes” of America.
In 1794, a group of abolitionists called the “Bulls on the Roof” in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, and Philadelphia were members of the American Revolution, and Franklin’s son, Alexander Franklin, would eventually become the first president of the United States.
In 1834, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Thomas J. Watson, who was later convicted of murder.
During the Revolutionary War, a British officer named James Wilson was given the task of naming the troops in his charge.
Wilson was able to name them by using the term, but he was only able to do so in reference of British soldiers.
Wilson later wrote that he had been inspired by the phrase to name his troops “Bull’s Eyes” as a reference to the British Army, according to the New York Times.
The American Revolution also marked the end of slavery in the U.S. and began a period of racial progress.
In 1861, the U: Sons of Liberty Act, which prohibited the enslavement of African-American men, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
“This was a moment of great change for the American people, and there was a sense that there were some who wanted to get out of the slave trade,” said Chris Rieder, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a professor at the Center for American History.
“It was a time of hope and optimism.”
In 1873, the first black president, Abraham Douglas, signed the Civil Rights Act, outlawing racial segregation in all aspects of American life.
“It was an extremely successful act,” said Riedel, noting that it opened the door to the integration of public schools, which he believes helped spark the Civil War.
The Civil War was a long, contentious battle, and many of the country’s founding fathers were killed, said Rieser, who added that it was a defining moment for the country.
“This was the defining moment of the 20th century.”
After the Civil Wars ended, in 1865, the federal government created the National Rifle Act, requiring citizens to carry a concealed firearm, which eventually became a requirement for anyone seeking to purchase a firearm, according the New America Foundation.
While the first major gun rights bill passed in the early 20th Century, the Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment in 1896, and gun control advocates were quick to push back.
The Second Amendment is a “collective responsibility” to protect, the NRA said in a statement at the time.
“A Second Amendment does not give the government the right to take away our Second Amendment rights.”
A group of civil rights activists known as the Citizens’ Advisory Council, who would eventually win a Supreme Court case in 1896 that legalized the right of people with firearms to bear arms, filed a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C., court in 1902 to overturn the Second