Sandra S. Froman, a National Rifle Association vice president, is expected to be elected president at the group’s annual convention in Houston. She will not try to outdo Charlton Heston, says the Houston Chronicle. “Every president of NRA brings to the office their own skills, their own personality,” Froman said. Heston, suffering from Alzheimer’s, stepped down in 2003 after five years as NRA president. Kayne Robinson, who became president after Heston, leaves office after a quiet and brief tenure.
Froman, the group’s second female president, plans to emphasize women’s issues, especially self-defense. Froman, a lawyer who lives in Arizona, bought her first gun about 20 years ago, after someone tried to break into her home in Los Angeles. She scared the man away, but “the next day I went to a gun store,” she said. She took gun safety classes, tried shooting several types of guns and, a few weeks later, bought a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. She now hunts, shoots competitively, and has guns for self-defense, including pistols, rifles, and shotguns. After the Minnesota school shootings, she urged a “look at all the options at what will truly protect the students.” Yesterday, she seemed to retreat, saying, “The only people that ought to have firearms in the schools are law enforcement and trained security personnel.”