Saturday, August 28, 2010
Not often will words published in a newspaper actually change the course of history, but that is exactly what happened in 1870 and 1871, when William C. Church, Editor of the Army and Navy Journal, published a series of editorials about the need for better rifle marksmanship to support national defense.
Those editorials and subsequent Manual for Rifle practice written by George W. Wingate inspired a group of National Guard officers to realize the dire need for Americans to improve their marksmanship. In November 1871, these men created history with the formation of one of America's finest, most productive and most necessary organizations--The National Rifle Association.
In their vision, America found the strength needed to prevail in wars our country would fight in the years to follow.
And, in the NRA, American gun owners found the strength to prevail in the war we still fight today, a war against enemies of freedom within our own shores who would strip us of our Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
**Information provided by Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA
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Quote of the Day:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." 9th Amendment US Constitution