The National Rifle Association announced its choice for its next president Monday: Lt. Col. Oliver North.
“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”
Thrilled about the Oliver North news. A total warrior for freedom, this is the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new President of the NRA board.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 7, 2018
North currently serves as the host of Fox News documentary series, “War Stories with Oliver North.” The retired lieutenant colonel announced Monday that he is retiring from Fox News, effective immediately.
“I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said in a statement. “I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President.”
NRA President Pete Brownell announced Monday morning that he would not seek a second term as president. Brownell reportedly cited wanting to spend more time with his family and more time to devote to his business.
Brownell wrote the NRA board Monday to suggest North serves as his replacement.
“Discussing this with Wayne LaPierre, he suggested we reach out to a warrior amongst our board members, Lt. Colonel Oliver North, to succeed me,” Brownell wrote. “Wayne and I feel that in these extraordinary times, a leader with his history as a communicator and resolute defender of the Second Amendment is precisely what the NRA needs. After consulting with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, First Vice President Childress and Second Vice President Meadows, I can report there is extraordinary support for Lt. Colonel North.”
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