The new President of the National Rifle Association slammed gun control advocates and said he working towards a “counterpunch” that would swell the organization’s ranks.
Selected to head the organization by the group’s 76-member Board of Directors this week, the former National Security Council staffer and conservative pundit told the Washington Times that gun control groups are ramping up their rhetoric against the NRA.
“They call them activists,” said North. “That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America.” The former Fox News host went on compare the public backlash against the Second Amendment group to Jim Crow-era racial segregation efforts saying “even there you didn’t have this kind of thing.”
The plan of the day for the retired Marine combat veteran: go recruiting and mount a counterattack.
“My job is to motivate, inspire, encourage and tell the truth,” said North, who the Times says plans to tap into the country’s 23 million military veterans and their families to add to the NRA’s ranks, and — vital in the mid-term elections — convince pro-gun lawmakers that “being associated with the NRA is a good thing for their re-election chances.”
Gun control advocates were shocked with North’s remarks.
“This is yet another example of the NRA’s leaders’ long history of making unapologetic, racially charged statements to stoke their base and juice gun sales,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “The NRA’s agenda is becoming toxic to lawmakers and businesses for exactly this reason: its extreme agenda is wildly out of sync with not only mainstream America, but with gun owners.”