Ollie North is going to be President of the NRA after Pete Brownell decided not to serve his remaining year. The last time they used this maneuver, it was to put Charlton Heston in the Presidency.
â€œThis is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,â€ said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.Â â€œOliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader.Â In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.â€
Exciting for whom? Does anyone under 40 even know who the hell Ollie North is or what he’s known for? Maybe that’s a good thing. Charlton Heston was a leading man in the Golden Age of Film. Even in my mid-2os when he was installed as NRA President, I knew who he was and had watched most of the movies he was in.
North is best known for illegally selling arms to the Iranians and funneling arms to the Contras. This Â somehow resulted in him becoming a conservative darling, which, I’ll be honest, I don’t understand. The nuance of the whole thing is lost on me because I was 13 when all this went down, and I’m in my mid-40s now. So to me Ollie was this guy I watched testifying under oath while my father and grandfather argued about whether he should go to jail or was a hero. Again, let me reiterate, I’m in my mid-40s. I am no spring chicken. Ollie North has pretty much no cultural relevance for me. That’s not something I’d have said about Heston in my mid 20s.
This ain’t Heston’s second coming, guys. Sorry.