This Day In History, November 17th, 2020 – “National Rifle Association”


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(The Great Seal of the National Rifle Association. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.)

It was just 149 years ago today, November 17, 1871, when the United States recognized the National Rifle Association, NRA. Being inspired by a similar English group, many Union officers, who witnessed modern firearm tactics first hand, wanted to create an organization that would train Americans in the proper use of firearms. Original ideas had started even before the Civil War, however, many supporters, such as President Lincoln, had other more pressing issues to deal with.

The first President of the NRA was Union General Ambrose Burnsides, who had mentioned on several occasions his frustration with shooting accuracy amongst his ranks. At the time, the United States was divided into those that had lived in the U.S. for some time, and had first hand knowledge of firearms, and those recent immigrants from whose country of origin limited any firearm use, except in the military, not to mention the several freed slaves, who could finally stand tall with a rifle in hand. Today, the NRA continues to fight for the rights of Americans to own firearms, though never forget, it is the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that protects your right to own a firearm, from any infringement. The NRA, dedicated to the freemen and women of this Nation, began their tireless work, 149 years ago, today.


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