16 October 2014
National Rifle Association
According to the mission statement of the National Rifle Association, its purpose is to defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans with activities designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills, and to educate the public about the firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. Not only does the Association promote firearm safety and responsibility, it has formed one of the largest lobbying groups in the country called the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. This essay is designed to show the history of the National Rifle Association as well as how it has evolved over time. It will also show its involvement in society today as well as societies perception of the interest group. Lastly, as a lobbyist, it will show some of the accomplishments the NRA has achieved in legislation. Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate who were veterans of the union army during the Civil War formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. Concerned with the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, the two veterans decided to form the NRA. As recorded in a public journal called Army and Navy editorial by William Church who was also the founder stated the associations purpose was, “to promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.” They found this important because it was important to have an army that was capable of protecting the country. This journal helped gain support because according to a book by Paul Hedren, “The Journal was essential reading at every military installation in America.” The first President of the NRA was General Ambrose Burnside of the union army who set up the first official rifle range in Long Island, New York. After spreading the sport of shooting across the country, it had begun to gain members and a little reputation. They began to encourage youth programs,...
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