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Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 18, 2013 - 07:43pm PT

Big Time NRA Board Member QUITS in Protest:



WASHINGTON -- Adolphus Busch IV, heir to the Busch family brewing fortune, resigned his position on the board of the National Rifle Association on Thursday, writing in a letter to NRA President David Keene, "I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable."

The resignation, first reported by KSDK, came a day after the Senate rejected a series of amendments to a gun control bill, including a bipartisan deal to expand background checks for gun sales. The NRA had vigorously opposed all those measures.

"The NRA I see today has undermined the values upon which it was established," wrote Busch, who also dropped his NRA membership. "Your current strategic focus clearly places priority on the needs of gun and ammunition manufacturers while disregarding the opinions of your 4 million individual members."

Reached for comment on Busch's resignation, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told The Huffington Post, "We disagree with his characterization, but we wish him all the best."

Busch joined the pro-gun organization in 1975 and has spoken before of his love of hunting. But the NRA has moved in a direction that Busch would not follow. "One only has to look at the makeup of the 75-member board of directors, dominated by manufacturing interests, to confirm my point. The NRA appears to have evolved into the lobby for gun and ammunition manufacturers rather than gun owners," he wrote.

A spokesman for the NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

Busch told Keene, "It disturbs me greatly to see this rigid new direction of the NRA." He singled out the gun lobby's reversal of its 1999 position in favor of universal background checks, as well as its opposition to an assault weapons ban and a ban on high-capacity magazines. "I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision," he wrote.

"Was it not the NRA position to support background checks when Mr. LaPierre himself stated in 1999 that NRA saw checks as 'reasonable'?" Busch wrote, referring to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre's testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.

At that time, LaPierre said the NRA believed that universal background checks were a "reasonable" choice. The group even took out ads in major newspapers that read, "We believe it's reasonable to provide for instant background checks at gun shows, just like gun stores and pawn shops."

One week after that hearing, LaPierre rolled out the same argument that he would use 14 years later to attack President Barack Obama's gun safety proposals -- namely, that until the government prosecutes more background check violations, there is no point in expanding them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/adolphus-busch-iv-nra_n_3112750.html
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 18, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
wonder why women are not more offened by the goverments gun grabbing?

interesting question

I have spoken with my wife and also a couple of her female friends over coffee about this

all of them acted surprised, said they were not aware of ANY actionable Federal legislation that results in "gun grabbing", OR "gun banning"

oddly, women apparently don't react irrationally to something that is highly unlikely
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:34am PT
wonder why women are not more offened by the goverments gun grabbing?

The government grabbed guns? When? Where? Whose?

Geez, I go climbing for 1 day and I miss all the important news.


Head for the mountains and Busch... beer.
WBraun

climber
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:49am PT
The government grabbed guns? When? Where? Whose?

When you're menacingly waving a gun around in public the govt. will take and grab your gun.

You've been owned ..... :-)
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 19, 2013 - 10:49am PT
owned is so 19th century.

you mean pwned!

stupid guru.

;)
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Apr 19, 2013 - 10:57am PT
The Guru of Stupid. I like it.

Um knee silly hum.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Apr 19, 2013 - 11:03am PT
The epitome of stupid is disarming good guys when bad guys are killing.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Apr 19, 2013 - 11:07am PT
"I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable."

How could anyone fail to see it?

It's brutally f*#king simple:

The NRA wants criminals to have guns.

They did the math. More criminals with guns means more gun sales overall.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 19, 2013 - 11:27am PT
The epitome of stupid is thinking stricter regulations on gun sales is "disarming good guys." If you are a "good guy" you would be mildly inconvenienced at most.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 19, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
If you feel you need a gun in order to not be a victim but can't because the evil tyrannical government has taken them all away, try NOT walking like a pussy instead!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/04/09/journal_of_interpersonal_violence_study_suggests_attackers_choose_victims.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_share_chunky_bottom
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 19, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
oh come on


the NRA's "Board of Directors" is absolutely loaded with both weapon and ammo sales people

their very lives depend on making as much profit on selling guns and ammo as they can

they profit enormously when fools rush out and buy Bushmasters after every shooting

they target women by having assault weapons with PINK trim

they WANT the NRA to be their lobbying arm

just like cigarette makers do everything they can to market to children for future sales
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Apr 19, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
The epitome of stupid is disarming good guys when bad guys are killing

The epitome of stupid is arming the bad guys.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 19, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
and who is "disarming good guys"?

WHO is having ANY of their guns taken away?

WHO?
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 19, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members

Surely you jest? The NRA is the lobbying arm of the firearms manufacturing industry, not a member-driven organization.

They don't give a flying f*#k what the individual sheep who buy into their scare mongering and ante up for a "membership" think. Never have, never will. They are in the business of protecting the interests of S&W, Ruger, etc.

philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 20, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Hey why doesn't the 2nd Amendment allow me to carry fire arms onto a plane?
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 20, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
Why would you want to? WTF would you do with a gun on an airplane?
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 20, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Laurie Anderson has some great lines on one of her songs that goes something like; "to be really safe you should always carry a bomb on a plane". "because the chance of there being a bomb on board are pretty small but the chance of there being two bombs on a plane are astronomical".

Why would you want to? WTF would you do with a gun on an airplane?


So I could be "safe".
Well they want me to carry them for safety in schools, theaters, churches and everywhere else. Isn't denying me the right to carry on an airplane violating my hallowed 2nd Amendment rights? What if there was a "bad guy" with a gun on board? Isn't a "good guy" with a gun the only way to stop a "bad guy" with a gun?
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Apr 20, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
Philo
they won't let u take a gun on airplane cuzz you will miss and the bullet will punch a hole in the side of the plane thus having pressure problem.

Credit: pyro
this guy is allowed to carry a fire arm on a plane.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 20, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
Ah I see, death toll is of no importance just don't hurt the aerioplane.
Maybe we should hold public school classes on airplanes.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 20, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
F that Philo,, we already had it figured out with the Submarine!
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