Second Amendment Foundation Inaugurates 'Roosevelt Courageous Woman' Award

Dec 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from Second Amendment Foundation

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recalling that the
 late former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a firm, if not outspoken,
 advocate of personal defense -- she campaigned for civil rights in 1958 in
 Tennessee with a pistol on her car seat -- the Second Amendment Foundation
 today is inaugurating a new award honoring women who use firearms in lawful
 defense against a criminal attack.
     Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) Founder Alan M. Gottlieb announced
 the award's first recipient will be a Mississippi grandmother who fatally
 shot a would-be robber in October. But it was Peggy Tartaro, editor of
 Women & Guns, the nation's first firearms publication devoted to women, who
 explained the significance of the award. The magazine is owned by the
 foundation.
     "Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman in many ways," Tartaro said.
 "She was probably the first truly activist First Lady, and a firm believer
 in the civil rights cause. What is less known about Mrs. Roosevelt is that
 she was no wallflower when it came to the subject of self-reliance, and it
 is well documented that she often carried a handgun, even while living in
 the White House.
     "Mrs. Roosevelt had many advantages, but unlike today's name-brand
 feminists, she knew everyone -- even a First Lady -- was ultimately
 responsible for their own safety and freedom," Tartaro continued. "That is
 why the Second Amendment Foundation is establishing this award in her honor
 and in her memory.
     "I am proud to announce that the 2006 recipient is Mrs. Beth Greer of
 Saucier, Miss.," Tartaro said. "On Oct. 16, she and her husband, Tommy,
 were confronted by an armed robber when they returned home from their
 business. When a fight broke out between Tommy and gunman Bobby Hardy, Beth
 -- thinking that her husband had been murdered after hearing a gunshot that
 grazed her husband's head -- retrieved her handgun from the car and shot
 Hardy as he emerged from the house. The robber fled with an accomplice to a
 nearby hospital, where he died. Mr. Greer has recovered from his wound."
     "We've spoken to Harrison County Sheriff George Payne," Gottlieb added,
 "who said he is proud of Beth Greer and that she is doing well in the
 aftermath of this traumatic incident. In defending herself, this courageous
 lady set an example for others to follow. In the spirit of Eleanor
 Roosevelt, Mrs. Greer demonstrated that when someone has the will and the
 means to fight back, they can overcome and win."
     The Second Amendment Foundation (http://www.saf.org) is the nation's
 oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal
 action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately
 own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more
 than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to
 better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
     CONTACT: Alan Gottlieb of Second Amendment Foundation, +1-425-454-7012
 
 

SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recalling that the
 late former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a firm, if not outspoken,
 advocate of personal defense -- she campaigned for civil rights in 1958 in
 Tennessee with a pistol on her car seat -- the Second Amendment Foundation
 today is inaugurating a new award honoring women who use firearms in lawful
 defense against a criminal attack.
     Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) Founder Alan M. Gottlieb announced
 the award's first recipient will be a Mississippi grandmother who fatally
 shot a would-be robber in October. But it was Peggy Tartaro, editor of
 Women & Guns, the nation's first firearms publication devoted to women, who
 explained the significance of the award. The magazine is owned by the
 foundation.
     "Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman in many ways," Tartaro said.
 "She was probably the first truly activist First Lady, and a firm believer
 in the civil rights cause. What is less known about Mrs. Roosevelt is that
 she was no wallflower when it came to the subject of self-reliance, and it
 is well documented that she often carried a handgun, even while living in
 the White House.
     "Mrs. Roosevelt had many advantages, but unlike today's name-brand
 feminists, she knew everyone -- even a First Lady -- was ultimately
 responsible for their own safety and freedom," Tartaro continued. "That is
 why the Second Amendment Foundation is establishing this award in her honor
 and in her memory.
     "I am proud to announce that the 2006 recipient is Mrs. Beth Greer of
 Saucier, Miss.," Tartaro said. "On Oct. 16, she and her husband, Tommy,
 were confronted by an armed robber when they returned home from their
 business. When a fight broke out between Tommy and gunman Bobby Hardy, Beth
 -- thinking that her husband had been murdered after hearing a gunshot that
 grazed her husband's head -- retrieved her handgun from the car and shot
 Hardy as he emerged from the house. The robber fled with an accomplice to a
 nearby hospital, where he died. Mr. Greer has recovered from his wound."
     "We've spoken to Harrison County Sheriff George Payne," Gottlieb added,
 "who said he is proud of Beth Greer and that she is doing well in the
 aftermath of this traumatic incident. In defending herself, this courageous
 lady set an example for others to follow. In the spirit of Eleanor
 Roosevelt, Mrs. Greer demonstrated that when someone has the will and the
 means to fight back, they can overcome and win."
     The Second Amendment Foundation (http://www.saf.org) is the nation's
 oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal
 action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately
 own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more
 than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to
 better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
     CONTACT: Alan Gottlieb of Second Amendment Foundation, +1-425-454-7012
 
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