NRA comic called a hoax, but accusations later withdrawn

Published: Tuesday December 26, 2006
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A controversial, leaked graphic novel that may have been produced to bolster the National Rifle Association's agenda was called a hoax over the weekend. But further analysis of the source material appears to confirm that the purported NRA publication, which contains alarming racial overtones, is legitimate.

Last Friday, the website Wonkette published exclusive images from Freedom in Peril: Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century. The expertly illustrated graphic novel alleges a coordinated strategy on the part of gun control advocates to roll back the second amendment and strip Americans of their rights to bear arms. Many of the images contained in the graphic novel suggest deliberate racial overtones. Other drawings in the book focus on liberal politicians and celebrities who have made statements the NRA considers anti-second amendment.

(RAW STORY has posted the purported NRA graphic novel in full at this link.)

Word emerged over the course of the weekend that Wonkette's exclusive might be a hoax. A post by the administrator of the website California CCW (a pro-gun forum that is not affiliated with the NRA) analyzed the image files posted by Wonkette and found the word "Ducky" in them consistently. He then suggested that the purported NRA graphic novel may have been a hoax propagated by a literary magazine of the same name.

Wonkette's editors defended the authenticity of the graphic novel, and offered to share it with anyone who believed it was a hoax. At the California CCW forum, another poster explained that "ducky" is an element commonly occurring in Adobe Photoshop files, and would therefore not be evidence of a hoax. The administrator at the California CCW forum withdrew his suggestion that a hoax might have occurred.

A Wonkette reader "Pudge" later revealed that the images in Freedom in Peril were similar to the January 2007 cover of the NRA magazine America's First Freedom. The pictures were drawn by an Arizona-based artist named Chris Gall, whose website reports that he "has worked with diverse clients all over the world."

At this time, there is no statement from the NRA regarding the authenticity of the NRA graphic novel. The graphic novel has been posted in full at the website Boing Boing, and also here at RAW STORY.