HESTON STEPS DOWN. At the NRA’s annual convention in Orlando April 26-27, Charlton Heston stepped down as the group’s president. Unquestionably, Heston’s celebrity helped amplify the NRA’s gun-rights message and put supporters in Congress and the White House.
As the NRA’s public face for five years, he successfully steered the organization through several public-relations disasters involving shootings, and he won wide favor with fellow celebrities and politicians. For example, as part of his going-away event, country music singer Toby Keith performed in Orlando, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave the convention’s keynote speech.
“It helped the NRA immeasurably to have Charlton He...