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Eleanor Roosevelt Was Packing Heat

Check out the 72-year-old former first lady's gun permit.

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While Eleanor Roosevelt might be seem like an unlikely person to carry a gun, according to Slate she had a good reason: “Roosevelt was a peripatetic traveler, covering large distances in service of the many projects she pursued both during and after the FDR presidency. It was Eleanor’s determination to drive her own car that led to her pistol ownership. The Secret Service begged her to take an agent, a police escort, or at least a chauffeur; she refused. The pistol was a compromise: a small bit of protection to put their minds at ease.”
Via retronaut.com

While Eleanor Roosevelt might be seem like an unlikely person to carry a gun, according to Slate she had a good reason:

“Roosevelt was a peripatetic traveler, covering large distances in service of the many projects she pursued both during and after the FDR presidency. It was Eleanor’s determination to drive her own car that led to her pistol ownership. The Secret Service begged her to take an agent, a police escort, or at least a chauffeur; she refused. The pistol was a compromise: a small bit of protection to put their minds at ease.”

(Retronaut via Slate)

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