Quotation Number: 75395

Frederick, Karl T.

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I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. ... I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses

Karl T. Frederick,
Mayor of Rye, New York (Republican)
President, National Rifle Association
Testimony on the National Firearms Act
Hearings Before The Committee On Ways And Means
House Of Representatives, 1934

[The National Rifle Association was Founded by men who were distressed that young men from the cities were so unskilled with firearms when the served in the Civil War that they thought that there should be an organization devoted to teaching the skilled use of firearms in case of another war. Frederick, the President, was himself a skilled marksman having won several of the shooting events in the Olympics. The officers and the organization were totally a political in the early days and received free ammunition from the Federal Government with which to train and certify young men in shooting accuracy. The organization, alarmed at the high rage of gun accidents causing death and serious injury added gun safety to their program and this was followed by teaching and certifying Hunting Safety as well. Not only was the original NRA up through the 1960s not militant about so called “gun rights” but the organization strongly advocated various forms of gun control including licensing for reasonable purposes. Their vision was that marksmanship and safety through their courses and programs would be implemented by schools, camps, scouts, clubs and other intermediary organizations which were certified by the NRA. The NRA in particular was opposed to the general practice of carrying weapons. There was a takeover of the NRA and the organization shifted away from its original purposes and became heavily political and partisan fighting the very kind of reasonable gun control that the NRA had been advocating for years,]

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