North highlights gun rights, service at GOP convention

Incoming NRA president Lt. Col. Oliver North addresses the Lieutenant Governor’s Dinner at the Idaho GOP Convention Friday night at Holt Arena in Pocatello. POCATELLO — Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, the next president of the National Rifle Association, gave the keynote address Friday night at Holt Arena to cap off the second day of the Idaho Republican Convention. North touted the long ties between the Idaho GOP and the nation’s largest gun rights organization, saying a visit by former NRA President Charlton Heston at the 1998 Idaho Republican Convention led to “critical solutions” that helped elect President George W. Bush “You’ve now gone from Moses to the U.S. Marines,” North told the delegates. North is a highly decorated combat veteran who received several commendations during combat operations in the Vietnam War. North has also served on the National Security Council and worked as a conservative media commentator and host. North’s military service attracted veterans to the convention, including Nicholas Carson of Pocatello, a Marine veteran of the Iraq War about whose battalion North made a documentary. Carson said when members of the battalion meet up each year to visit the graves of their fallen comrades, memories of North’s time with them always comes up. It was in North’s position on the National Security Council in the 1980s that North came to prominence through his central involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair, in which arms were sent to Iran, violating an arms embargo, and cash was sent to the […]

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