An Iowan is likely to be the new head of the National Rifle Association. Kayne Robinson has experience with leadership, and controversy. The former Des Moines cop, once president of the Iowa Chiefs of Police, was elected first vice-president of the NRA while he was also serving as chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. During the last presidential election, Robinson found himself in hot water over that combination, after he boasted that the gun-rights group would find such a warm welcome if George Bush got elected that it’d virtually be operating out of the Oval Office. A gun-control group promptly put tape of that remark in some of THEIR TV commercials. Movie actor Charlton Heston, who’s announced he has Alzheimers Disease, is stepping down after five years as head of the organization. Today (Monday) the board will vote on the new president, but members said at their weekend convention in Miami they think it’ll be Robinson, who’s been an NRA member since 1959.
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