Yesterday was the birthday of the founding of the NRA. On November 16, 1871, the National Rifle Association was granted a charter in the State of New York. It was begun as its founders, William Conant Church and Captain George Wood Wingate, saw the need for training in shooting after the bloody years of Civil War.
“Out of ten soldiers who are perfect in drill and the manual of arms, only one knows the purpose of the sights on his gun or can hit the broad side of a barn.” General Ambrose Burnside, Union Civil War General and first President of the NRA
Captain Wingate traveled to Europe to investigate the training of European Marksmen. When he returned, he came up with a training program. With money from the New York legislature, a gun range was built at Creedmoor, Long Island which opened in 1873. Wingate also wrote a marksmanship manual.
Matches with other rifle clubs began to bring publicity to the NRA when a team of 8 Americans won a match using breech-loading rifles provided by Remington and Sharps.
More and more gun clubs across the nation began to form. National Guard members began asking for assistance in learning to shoot from the NRA.
One President of the Organization in 1934, Karl Frederick, did not believe in carrying firearms without a license, so the NRA supported the National Firearms Act (1934). But even though the NRA has supported some regulations, such as licenses for Firearms Dealers, the right to keep and bear arms has always been at their core.
“To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms.”
Eventually, the winds of politics began to change. The focus of the NRA by necessity moved from training to include protection of the 2nd Amendment. Through their many subsidiaries, television station, and lobbying efforts, they have managed to stop many of the agendas of the left.
The fight is not over. From New York state that once helped the fledgling NRA to one of its biggest enemies, things are not the same as they were in 1871. The way forward requires the help of the NRA
“For eight straight years, Barack Obama flooded the appellate courts and the federal judiciary with judges who truly despise Second Amendment freedom. More than 300 Obama-appointed anti-gun judges represent an infection for which there is no cure, other than time and vigilance. They will pose a threat to our gun rights for decades to come.
We also face a growing group of anti-Second Amendment elitist billionaires, led by George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. By pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into state and local elections, they have succeeded in confusing many voters into believing clever labeling like “universal background checks” and so-called “common sense” schemes will make a difference in the safety and security of our communities.
The truth is, the anti-gun billionaires have only one goal: the absolute eradication of the Second Amendment freedom for the average American citizen. Not for their security forces, their families and themselves. But for you: the everyday American who stormed the polls in an act of ultimate defiance of the elites. They will continue to enjoy the support of an openly dishonest media that truly hates your right to speak, your right to worship and your right to vote. And most of all, your right to keep and bear arms.” Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA