Even with a new NRA president, the same old thinking

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NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 3,...
NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 3,...
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When the National Rifle Association convention comes to a close this weekend, the new NRA president officially takes on his new position. On Monday, David Keene will hand the title to Jim Porter, an Alabama lawyer.

Porter, 64, is a 20-year veteran of the group’s board and is the son of former NRA President Irvine Porter.

Jim Porter laid out his views last June at the New York Rifle and Pistol Association’s annual meeting. In the speech, presented at Walkill Rod and Gun Club in upstate New York, Porter reminded the audience of how the NRA came to be, harkening back to the Civil War.

“It was started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the ‘War of Northern Aggression.’ Now, y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the War of Northern Aggression down south,” he explained.

Porter stressed the importance of making sure civilians are trained to use military-style weaponry. Spoiler alert: it’s not in case there’s an attack from, say, North Korea and the military is in sudden dire need of new recruits. No, the threat that worries Porter is from the American government itself. If average Americans are familiar with military weaponry, he says, “when they’re ready to fight tyranny, they have the wherewithal and the weapons to do it.”

During that same speech at the New York Rifle and Pistol Association in 2012, Porter dismissed Obama as a “fake president.” (He didn’t explain why.)

“I get so sick and tired of all these people with this fake president that we got who wants to say, ‘Well, you know he hadn’t done anything bad for gun owners,’” said Porter. “I say, let me tell you something bad that he’s done. His entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.”

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and the far-right pro-gun activists are likely to be comfortable with their new leader.

Take a look at the Hardball Sideshow for a peek at the next chapter of the National Rifle Association.

Even with a new NRA president, the same old thinking

Updated