The National Rifle Association frequently likes to remind the public that there is unquestionable support from its four million members with regards to enhanced gun control measures, that is, no change in the status quo.
This includes the recent attempt to widen background checks of gun purchases at shows and over the Internet. Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, has repeatedly stated this member support is rock solid and unwavering, and NRA members are the guardians of Second Amendment rights. The NRA considered the latest Senate attempt at gun legislation "misguided" and vehemently opposed any change to current laws.
One day after the Senate gun legislation came crashing down in defeat, Adolphus Busch IV, heir and great-grandson of the founder of the Anheuser-Busch Company, resigned his NRA lifetime membership of 38 years.
Mr. Busch is an ardent gun enthusiast and environmentalist and had shared both his significant financial and political means with the NRA ... that is until April 18.
In a letter to NRA President David Keene and shared with a St. Louis television station, KSDK Channel 5, Mr. Busch writes:
"As most in your organization would admit, I have historically been a staunch defender of the NRA purpose and tradition in representing the interest of gun owners. I have personally devoted countless financial resources and time to nurture an intelligent environmental policy that provided for the proud tradition of personal hunting for generations to come.
"It disturbs me greatly to see this rigid new direction of the NRA. As a starting point, one only has to ask why the NRA reversed its original position on background checks. Was it not the NRA position to support background checks when Mr. LaPierre himself stated in 1999 that NRA saw checks as reasonable? Furthermore, I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable. In fact, according to a John Hopkins University study, 74 percent say they support background checks.
"I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision. The NRA I see today has undermined the values upon which it was established. Your current strategic focus places a priority on the needs of gun and ammunition manufacturers while disregarding the opinions of your 4 million individual members.
"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."
KSDK contacted Mr. Keene for comment ... silence.
The NRA of today is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors operation for the gun and ammunitions manufacturers, in the name of profit and at the expense of public safety.