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Response to DonP (Reply #23)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 12:56 PM

41. Many liberals are also upset when they find that Eleanor Roosevelt owned and carried a handgun ...

and often had one with her.

First Lady Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt



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Domestic Inspection Trips: As part of this general role, she undertook frequent trips around the United States, to even the most remote regions, where she came to inspect various New Deal programs usually without announcement so program directors could not suddenly disguise problems. Sometimes the issues she felt needed addressing, change or improvement hinged on small matters; other times, she detected a consensus among the recipients of the programs. Upon returning to Washington, she made either written or verbal reports to the President, his staff and department heads for the problems to be addressed. She drove her car, took the trains and flew by airplane to do this. Outside of New Deal policy, one result of the frequent pictures and newsreels of Eleanor Roosevelt getting in and out of airplanes was positive publicity for the fledgling commercial airlines industry. The First Lady often travelled alone, refusing to be trailed by Secret Service agents. The agency acquiesced only after she had demonstrated ability for self-protection with a gun they insisted she carry. She agreed to this, but never felt the need to use it.... emphasis added
http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=33



Photograph of Eleanor Shooting a Pistol

Eleanor Roosevelt shoots pistol at Chazy Lake, New York (1934).
http://history1900s.about.com/library/photos/blyfdr122.htm


Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Cook shoot pistols at Chazy Lake, New York (1934).
http://history1900s.about.com/library/photos/blyfdr124.htm


Black History Review

Eleanor Roosevelt
1884-1962


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Perhaps her biggest triumphs in the struggle for racial justice were in the military. Early in her time as First Lady, Eleanor challenged the Navy's restrictions on African Americans to mess hall duty. She was one of several advocates for the Tuskegee Airmen's training and service as active fighter pilots. Their success, along with that of several other all-black units in World War II proved once again to the military and the nation that blacks were just as capable as their white counterparts. And when in 1948 President Truman ended segregation in the military, making it the first major institution to integrate, his decision was due in part to Eleanor's leadership within the Democratic Party. She applied political pressure allying herself with Generals James H. Doolittle and Follett Bradley who argued that integration was best for the military.

After leaving the White House, Mrs. Roosevelt found herself more free than ever to promote equal rights for African Americans. During her final years she continued fighting as hard and fearlessly as ever. On at least one occassion, the Secret Service warned her not to keep a speaking engagement on civil disobedience. The Ku Klux Klan had put a price on her head and the Secret Service said they could not guarantee her safety. Undeterred, she traveled with another lady and her revolver. Such was her determination, independence, and courage right up to the year she died....emphasis added
http://www.blackhistoryreview.com/biography/ERoosevelt.php


Here's her permit ...


http://www.firearmstrainingbyelrod.com/Ladies_Only_Classes.html

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