The NRA has just announced that Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) and Fox News Contributor, will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks. The process has already been initiated by the NRA Board of Directors and North is resigning 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. “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.”
Former NRA President Pete Brownell announced this morning that he would not seek a second term as President, in order to devote his full time and energy to his family business. In his letter to the Board, Brownell endorsed North for President.
“Discussing this with Wayne LaPierre,” Brownell said in the letter, “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.”
After the announcement, NRA First Vice President Richard Childress informed the board that was unable to be immediately available to serve as interim President. The Board then selected Second Vice President Carolyn Meadows to serve as its interim President. Meadows will step aside in a few weeks, when Lieutenant North is prepared to take on his new role as NRA President.
“Oliver North is a true hero and warrior for freedom,” LaPierre said, “and NRA members are proud to stand with him.”