The heir to the Busch brewing family's fortune Thursday resigned his lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association because of the powerful group's opposition to background checks for all commercial gun sales.
Adolphus Busch IV, in a letter to NRA President David Keene, wrote: "I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable," the Huffington Post reports
Busch's resignation came the day after the Senate rejected a bipartisan bill to expand background checks, along with numerous amendments to a pending gun control bill. The NRA, the capital's most-powerful lobbying force, opposes all gun control measures.
"The NRA I see today has undermined the values upon which it was established," Busch said. "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."
Busch joined the NRA in 1975, but said the group has moved in a direction he does not agree with.
“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 said in his letter to Keene.
He noted that the NRA's stand against universal background checks reverses a position it took in 1999 following the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Busch also said he can't comprehend how the NRA's opposition to a ban on assault weapons ban and high-capacity magazine's advances its vision of gun safety.
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