Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become the next President of the National Rifle Association of America. According to a release, the NRA Board of Directors initiated a process on Monday to bring the former White House aide to the top of the organization. “This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “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.”
North is a contributor to the Fox News network but will retire from the media corporation. “I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said. “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.”
The NRA Board moved to make the announcement on the same day that former NRA President Pete Brownell announced that he had decided not to seek election to a second term. He fully endorsed North for President. In the letter, Brownell wrote: “Discussing this with Wayne LaPierre, he suggested we reach out to a warrior amongst our board members, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, to succeed me. 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 Col. North.”
NRA First Vice President Richard Childress informed the board that because he had multiple commitments, he was unable to be immediately available to serve as interim President. Therefore, the NRA board selected Second Vice President Carolyn Meadows to serve as its interim President. Meadows will step aside in a few weeks, when North is slated to take over.
“The board acted quickly and with great vision,” LaPierre said. “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.”
“Oliver North is a true hero and warrior for freedom,” LaPierre said, “and NRA members are proud to stand with him.” LaPierre compared North favorably to Hollywood legend Charlton Heston, who was once president of the group.