The NRA, National Rifle Association, is a non-profit organization that advocates for gun rights. The Second Amendment group lobbies against gun control laws which members feel infringe upon the right to bear arms. The NRA was founded in 1871 after Union Army veterans Colonel William C. Church and General George Wingate were upset about the lack of marksmanship skills the current troops possessed. The founders of the National Rifle Association based the organization upon a desire to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.” Firearms education initiatives are still the cornerstone of the NRA. Training programs for youth and law enforcement, as well as concealed carry weapons courses for the general public, are offered by the group in all 50 states.