Title: The September 21st NRA Harlon B. Carter Dedication Ceremony
Author: Andew Molchan
Date: Wed August 17th, 2005
By, Andrew Molchan
This September 21st 2005, the National Rifle Association will host a special dedication ceremony for the Harlon B. and Maryann Carter Endowment. The Black Tie event will be in the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, RSVP by September 14th, 1-888-467-2363.
It was an honor to have known Harlon, and in my opinion, he was the single most important person in the 20th century history of both the NRA and the American firearms industry.
The NRA was started after the Civil War by a group of retired Union Officers. They wanted to teach civilian marksman ship to help in future wars. In the 19th Century there wasn't a need for a political arm of the NRA. It's hard to believe today, but in the 19th Century the Federal government use to remind the States to not pass laws that violated the 2nd Amendment.
After WWII, in the nuclear age, the left wing said there was no need for “riflemen," (how wrong they were). Left wing anti-2nd Amendment groups, and he “Better Red Than Dead" peace groups made great gains in political power. In the late 1960s and early 1970s a large segment of the NRA Board basically wanted to retire the NRA. They wanted to sell the Washington DC office, move out to Arizona, and lock the gates in back of them. I'm totally serious; we came very close to the NRA going out of existence by its own hand.
I am a believer in talent as a decisive factor in almost everything. History has many example of a single person altering events. It's fashionable to call it, “the butterfly effect." Harlon B. Carter was the iron butterfly that changed the history of the NRA and firearms ownership in America.
The fundamental direction of the NRA is what the famous Cincinnati fight was all about. What a long, screaming struggle into the night we had. When Cincinnati was over, Harlon Carter had turned the NRA onto the road of dynamic political activism, and away from self-oblivion. The NRA never looked back, and today even our enemies admit to NRA effectiveness.
I am absolutely sure in my mind that if it wasn't for the NRA Harlon Carter created, today we'd be England, Canada, or Australia, and our firearms industry would be dead. So what do we owe Harlon? My answer is, everything.
He was a great leader. He always had a we-will-win attitude. He liked to start his speeches by saying, “I'm a reasonable person, I'll compromise on gun-control, I'll settle for repeal of only half the1968 gun control law."
There were some dark years during Harlon's time, but like all great leaders he had a we-can-win indomitable attitude.
There will be a Harlon B. Carter Bronze unveiled at the ceremony on September 21st. Gold Donor is $10,000, Silver Donor is $5000, and Bronze Donor is $1000. All classes of Donor will have their name on a brass plague affixed to the pedestal of the Bronze. Gold Donors will receive VIP invitations to future Foundation meetings, receptions and banquets. All Donors will receive special NRA recognition. You can call Mr. Steve Anderson for the many details.
Smaller sums than $1000 are welcome. They will not receive a plague on the Bronze, but the money goes towards the recognition of a great American hero who saved every business in the firearms industry. Checks should be made to The NRA Foundation, with a memo to, The Harlon B and Maryann Carter Endowment. Mail them to the NRA Foundation, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.