Gun control activists are committing “civil terrorism” akin to practices in the “days of Jim Crow,” newly-named NRA president Oliver North said this week.
North made the statement during an interview with the Washington Times.
Gun control activists have stepped up their efforts following the February mass killing in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.
North cited the growing anti-gun rhetoric and a recent suggestion by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently that the Second Amendment should be repealed.
He made the comments shortly after activists showed up at NRA executive’s home and splashed fake blood on it, the Times reported.
They call them activists. 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," North told the Times.
You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things — even there you didn’t have this kind of thing. We didn’t have the cyberwar kind of thing that we’ve got today.
They can do all the cyberwar against us — they’re doing it. They can use the media against us — they are. They’ve gone after our bank accounts, our finances, our donors, and obviously individual members.
It’s got to stop. That’s why the leadership invited me to become the next president of the NRA.
What is his goal?
North said of his first goals will be adding at least a million people “as fast as we can,” to the NRA's membership roster. Membership in the National Rifle Association is already approaching a record 6 million people, according to reports.
North, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and talk show host, was already a board member prior to his appointment as president on Monday. He is believed to be one of the highest-profile leaders of the NRA in the organization’s 150-year history.
A former staff member of the National Security Council, North was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan administration and was forced to resign. He was convicted on three charges, which were overturned in 1990.