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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The Gun Toting Roosevelts
After leaving the White House, Mrs. Roosevelt received a stream of hate mail and threats, because she was America’s leading civil rights activist. So she continued to exercise her right to carry her handgun. In 1958, the F.B.I. warned her not to travel to a civil rights workshop at Highlander Folk School, in Tennessee; the Ku Klux Klan had threatened to kill her, and the F.B.I. was unable to protect her. The 74-year-old woman went anyway, and carried her revolver. The Klan left her alone, as it did almost every civil rights worker who was armed.
Teddy Roosevelt was also a big fan of armed self-defense. And remember that both Eleanor and Teddy were leading progressives in the first half of the twentieth century. We could use Leftists like this again, if only to shame their modern descendants.
Posted by Richard Anderson on January 12, 2011 | Permalink
The main difference today in America is that other than the insane, the freelance socialist (crooks), or the Jihadist, the organized thugs from whom one would need to "pack" for protection pretty much all come from the left (ACORN, SEIU, Panthers, etc.).
Posted by: John Chittick | 2011-01-12 11:25:35 AM
The same ideology has now become that people are all victims and cannot ever be held responsible, and that guns, all guns unless in the hands of the police or military, are always evil. Go figure.
Posted by: Alain | 2011-01-12 11:44:15 AM
This is the greater value of the gun: it's a form of expression that demands not only attention, but respect from would be attackers. The Klan stayed away because they knew they would run into hard and lethal resistance if they did attack Roosevelt. And maybe they were not so attached to their cause as to die for it. All too often, liberals ignore the value that the gun has played in furthering the causes they hold dear. Perhaps their rejection of the gun will lead to their downfall?
Posted by: AB Patriot | 2011-01-12 6:15:22 PM
Always the same leftist mentality. Let's take the weapons away from all law abiding citizens so only the scum of the earth is armed. The police will protect us. Gawd these people are dense.
Worked well for Hitler too.
Posted by: peterj | 2011-01-13 6:52:22 PM
she was a brave old girl for sure.
Posted by: Pattaya Girls | 2011-01-14 7:53:55 AM
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