The NRA announced in a press release this afternoon, that Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will be their new President “within a few weeks”. This, as current NRA President Pete Brownell announced he will not seek a second term.
The NRA’s Blog posted the official statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2018
Contact: Andrew Arulanandam; (703) 943-7152
LT. COLONEL OLIVER NORTH POISED TO BECOME NRA PRESIDENT
“Most exciting news for NRA members since Charlton Heston Became President of Our Association,” Wayne LaPierre said.
DALLAS – Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated this morning.
NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre was very excited about the choice and commented. “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 added that he was “honored to have been selected by the NRA Board” and he is “eager to hit the ground running”.
Oliver North famously became the central figure of the Iran-Contra affair, for his involvement in selling weapons to Iran.
This somewhat controversial pick has blown up Social Media and Oliver North (at the time of this writing) is the Top Trending Worldwide Topic on Twitter.
NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch and others seem excited about the selection
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
Congratulations to the great American warrior Colonel Oliver North new president of the mighty National Rifle Association. Godspeed warri…
— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) May 7, 2018
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 7, 2018
Others… not so much
Now a man convicted one 3 felony counts – Oliver North – who was released on king of all technicalities (his immunized congressional testimony MIGHT have influenced his trial) will head the NRA. Seriously, are felony convictions a new standard for prominence among conservatives?
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 7, 2018
Can Oliver North even own a gun? https://t.co/DSv7Sw8n0x
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) May 7, 2018
Oliver North will become the new President of the NRA.
He's well known for Iran-Contra, which sold arms to Iran and gave funds to terrorists, so he's a natural fit to lead an organization that profits off selling arms to the public and funding politicians.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 7, 2018
And a little bit of snark
Now that Oliver North is back, does this mean that Fawn Hall is going to trending soon ?
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 7, 2018
Fox News reports that Oliver North has retired from their network effective immediately.