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NRA Fights For You – JFK Lifetime Member of NRA

NRA Fights For You – JFK Lifetime Member of NRA

NRA A Brief History of the NRA

Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” according to a magazine editorial written by Church.

After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA’s first president.

An important facet of the NRA’s creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.

Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA’s matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey.

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JFK According to the Washington Post, JFK was one of eight U.S. presidents to “have been lifetime members [of the NRA].” The others were “Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower… Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.” Kennedy stands out as the only Democrat on that list.

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Liz Cheney running for Office

A fourth-generation Wyomingite, Liz grew up with the values that have long distinguished our state – the importance of family and faith, a commitment to honesty and plain-dealing, a love of freedom and a respect for the rights enshrined in our Constitution, the understanding that one generation has obligations to the next and that we are blessed beyond measure to be Americans.

Liz’s family, the Lybyers, first settled in Wyoming in 1907 at Lysite. Both sets of grandparents had moved to Casper by 1955. In Casper, Liz attended Park Elementary School and Dean Morgan Junior High. When she was 11, she first campaigned across Wyoming with her family, learning invaluable lessons in how democracy should work – person to person, earning one vote at a time.

Liz’s dad was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress in 1978, and the family began splitting its time between Washington, DC and their home in Wyoming. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado College and her law degree at the University of Chicago.

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