David Keene is president of the National Rifle Association.
Keene, 67, learned to engage in the public square from his parents, who were Wisconsin labor union organizers. He turned toward Republican politics when John F. Kennedy started talking about socialized medicine.
A longtime conservative activist, Keene, 67, became national chairman of Young Americans for Freedom while a law student in the 1960s. He would go on to work as an aide to Vice President Spiro Agnew and play key roles in the campaigns of several Republican presidents and presidential candidates.
Prior to becoming president of the NRA in 2011, Keene served for 27 years as chairman of the American Conservative Union.
He is currently also a managing associate at the Carmen Group, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm.
In an interview with TheDC’s Ginni Thomas, Keene explains how he believes the Obama administration has exploited the Newtown massacre for its political purposes, why the Second Amendment is so important, why he believes the left demonizes guns, how the gun control movement was founded by racists, why the AR-15 is worth defending and much more.
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