"Good Morning Gun Lobby!"
The NRA's theme for the '96 election is "family values." But under patriarch Neal Knox, the NRA's own family is torn by hidden conflict.
Neal Knox's feisty greeting echoes out over an audience of 150 activists at the National Rifle Association's 125th anniversary convention in April. Knox, the NRA's first vice president, is the architect of a revolution that has transformed the group from an organization of hunters and target-shooting sportsmen into a militant faction pushing such issues as concealed weapons, assault rifles, and armor-piercing bullets. Although nominally the group's number two executive (behind recently elected president Marion Hammer), Knox calls the shots at the NRA, exercising near-absolute control of its board of directors.