SEVERE WX : Flash Flood Watch View Alerts

FCC chair gets 'courage under fire' award for overseeing net neutrality repeal

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was awarded a handmade rifle by the National Rifle Association ...

Posted: Feb 24, 2018 12:50 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2018 12:50 PM

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was awarded a handmade rifle by the National Rifle Association Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Ajit Pai, the FCC's chairman who oversaw the highly controversial repeal of the commission's net neutrality rules last year, was awarded the rifle, along with the NRA's "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award," for his efforts last year during the repeal.

The award came as a surprise to Pai, who was expecting to give a speech unrelated to the NRA. The rifle is awarded "when someone has stood up under pressure with grace and dignity and principled discipline," said Carolyn Meadows, the second vice-president of the NRA.

Meadows added that she was unable to bring the gun onstage, due to CPAC's rules regarding weapons.

Instead, she said, the rifle -- a Kentucky handmade long gun-- will remain at the NRA's museum until Pai is able to get it.

"You'll love it," Meadows told Pai.

Pai came under harsh criticism last year after he supported the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality rules. Before receiving the award, Dan Schneider, the American Conservative Union's executive director, said Pai is "the most courageous, heroic person I know."

"He has received countless death threats. His property has been invaded by the George Soros crowd," Schneider said. "He has a family, and his family has been abused in different ways."

Past recipients of the award include Rush Limbaugh, Phyllis Schlafly and Vice President Mike Pence.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 83°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 82°
Rensselaer
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 80°
Fowler
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 80°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 82°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 85°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 82°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 82°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 84°
Scattered Storms Wednesday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events