"Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life", LaPierre said.
The board's decision to elect North came on the heels of current NRA President Pete Brownell's informing the board that he wished to devote his full-time energy to his family business, and thus that he would not seek another term.
"The election of Oliver North is the clearest sign yet that the NRA is floundering in the face of plummeting popularity, scrutiny into its Russian Federation ties, and state lawmakers who are defying the gun lobby left and right", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former NY mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
"Discussing this with [CEO] Wayne LaPierre, he suggested we reach out to a warrior amongst our board members, Lt. Colonel Oliver North, to succeed me. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our president". He attended a prayer breakfast at the NRA's annual meeting in Dallas on Saturday.
North, 74, who already serves on the NRA's board of directors, was a pivotal figure in the Iran-contra affair involving secret sales of arms to Iran by Republican President Ronald Reagan's administration and the unlawful diversion of the proceeds to Nicaraguan rebels. "We're in a brutal battle to preserve the liberties that the good Lord presents us".
North was convicted of three felonies for his role in the scandal, though those convictions were later vacated by an appeals court after it was determined that his immunized congressional testimony had been improperly used in his criminal trial. Those convictions were overturned in 1991. North is retiring from Fox News, effective immediately. "The board acted quickly and with great vision", LaPierre said.
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Robb won the race by three percentage points. North wasn't one of them.
Trump said in the days following the massacre that politicians have to disagree with the NRA "every once in a while".
NRA spokeswoman and conservative commentator Dana Loesch also expressed support on Monday for North, saying on Twitter that he is "the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new President of the NRA board".
It's worth noting that the position of President of the NRA doesn't seem to be the center of the power in the organization.
As the NRA has become more and more intertwined with the Republican Party, it has in large transitioned from traditional Second Amendment advocacy to full-on propaganda.