Oliver North leads the NRA

The National Rifle Association’s selection of Oliver North as its next president sends an unmistakable signal that the organization will continue its robust defense of the Second Amendment.

North, a former military officer who has been in the public eye for 30 years, is properly compared to Charlton Heston, the actor who led the NRA for five years and is best remembered for raising a weapon at an NRA meeting and declaring, “From my cold, dead hands!”

North is sure to bring the same kind of public relations skills to the job, although critics of the NRA already have noted the irony of an organization devoted to the Constitution being led by someone who was convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation and destroying government documents. (In fairness, an appeals court overturned North’s

convictions.)

North parlayed his role in the Iran-Contra hearings of the Reagan administration into a pretty good living. He has hosted a show on the Fox News Channel and has long been a popular speaker at meetings of the NRA and other conservative groups.

In short, North knows  how to handle himself in public, and that’s a talent the NRA will need as it defends the right to bear arms against its critics, such as the students who survived the school shooting in south Florida and have proven themselves surprisingly effective at making a case for greater gun restrictions.

North’s promotion to NRA president is an indication that the organization is ready to fight fire with fire, so to speak.

 

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