Oliver North, New NRA President
Within minutes of the announcement that Oliver North would take over as President of the NRA, the Liberal Left started their usual attempts at character assanation.
Kris Brown co-President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, referred to North as a “walking lightning rod,” and stated that “Oliver North’s name is synonymous with corruption and disgrace.”
North was a national security aide to Ronald Reagan and became a national figure as the public face of the Iran-Contra scandal and faced years of legal battles as a result before his charges were dropped in 1991. This involved the United States government secretly selling arms to Iran, in breach of an embargo at the time to secure funds for the anti-communist rebels called the Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua, who were fighting the corrupt left-wing government in Nicaragua. North’s convictions were later overturned. Iran-Contra was a central controversy for President Ronald Reagan.
North has since become an author and hosted Fox News’ “War Stories with Oliver North,” according to the channel. North a Fox News contributor is retiring from his position at Fox News, effective immediately.
North is replacing Pete Brownell, who announced on Monday would not seek a second term as NRA president.
NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement that”Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life, and hailed North as “a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader”.
LaPierre compared North favorably to Charlton Heston, the Hollywood icon who was once president of the group.
Charlton Heston, the former actor and president of the National Rifle Association who gave a speech in 2000 in defense of the Second Amendment, ending with his oft-repeated and now famous phrase, “From my cold, dead hands!” The phrase has since become synonymous with gun rights in America.
In his May 20, 2000 speech at the 129th NRA Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Heston said, “When ordinary hands can possess such an extraordinary instrument, that symbolizes the full measure of human dignity and liberty. That’s why those five words issue an irresistible call to us all, and we muster.”
Heston was referring to attempts by anti-gun organizations and certain liberals, particularly then-Vice President Al Gore, to further restrict Americans’ right to own firearms.
North is joining the NRA at an increasingly contentious juncture for the group, facing off against a renewed push for gun control in the wake of the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.