So I was on my way home when I got news that NRA President Peter Brownell was stepping down and Oliver North was to be the new NRA President
Regardless of the fact that Oliver North’s convictions were vacated on appeal, he is not only a man tarred with the specter of scandal but is also associated with illegally smuggling guns. Appointing a convicted-if-vacated gunrunner to be the public face of a national gun right organization is as short-sighted and tone-deaf as appointing not-convicted-but-clearly-guilty child murderer Casey Anthony to run the Girl Scouts of America.
I understand that the Iran Contras were a political shit-show, but that’s what I think when I hear “Oliver North”, so much that I’ve really tuned him out ever since. So while he’s been a VERY active member of the NRA Board of Directors, and I can’t recall a year where I haven’t seen him at the Annual Meeting where he didn’t give a speech (BTW that’s more than many of the Board of Directors can Say), But I never bothered to listen.
Go read Erin’s whole article, she has a lot to say on the subject that’s worth your time.
Some have said “Well the Anti-Gun side won’t be happy with ANY President the NRA has”, which is true, but somebody like Charlton Heston got the NRA a lot of positive press, and his other political endeavors such as Civil Rights made him tough for the anti-gunners to attack….they did, but it was easy to see their motives. Also former President Sandy Froman was awesome, a Jewish Woman from the San Francisco Bay Area, go ahead, attack her, call her a “Terrorist!”
I know he won’t do it, but I’d love to see Tom Selleck as an NRA President.
He’d get attacked (and probably killed off of his several very lucrative acting jobs) but it would be a net positive for the NRA
But a convicted gun-runner who was selling guns to honest-to-god terrorists, I don’t care about the fallout or his dedication, that’s playing into the enemy’s hand.
I understand that the President of the NRA is more-or-less a ceremonial position. Erin ends her post with this:
Will the NRA survive this? I don’t know. I hope they do, because they’re the nation’s oldest and largest gun rights organization. It’s going to depend on a lot of
factors, including what their new president says and does. Maybe they will take my words to heart and understand that inclusionary language will bring them more members, more money, and more political influence than divisive rhetoric.
But if they won’t… perhaps they don’t deserve to survive this.
I highly doubt this will kill the NRA, but I don’t foresee it HELPING the organization, and while it is large, the current political climate shows it needs a LOT of help right now.