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    Posted April 23, 2013 by
    New York, New York
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    Gun control debate: Background checks

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    NRA: Calling the Shots


    A few days ago, Adolphus A. Busch IV, heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, resigned his lifetime membership in the NRA, noting “the distorted values” he sees emerging within the NRA.


    Busch’s action was prompted by the NRA’s intense lobbying efforts, ultimately successful, to kill a bi-partisan effort in the Senate at expanding background checks for gun purchases.


    Busch found it disturbing that the NRA leadership would disregard the will of the vast majority of its membership that supports background checks, pointed out the hypocrisy of Wayne LaPierre (NRA CEO) who once supported checks and found it incomprehensible that assault weapons and large capacity magazines played a role in the NRA’s vision.


    Further he believes, “The NRA appears to have evolved into the lobby for gun and ammunition manufacturers rather than gun owners.” Busch cites the makeup of the board of directors as his proof.


    I bring this up as Adolphus Busch, a gun rights advocate and an ardent (now previous) supporter of the NRA and it’s traditions, doesn’t recognize it anymore. The NRA is now the lobbying arm of gun makers.


    I’m going to extrapolate to the U.S. Senate. These men and women are supposed to be doing the work of the people regarding reasonable gun-control legislation, not succumbing to pressure from the NRA, not letting the NRA co-opt the vote, not letting the NRA call the shots.


    The U.S. Senate? I don’t recognize it anymore.

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