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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:40 AM

Letter of Resignation Sent By Bush to NRA

Letter of Resignation Sent By Bush to Rifle Association
Published: May 11, 1995



Poppy Bush’s 1995 letter of resignation from the NRA isn’t getting nearly enough press these days. He specifically named Wayne LaPierre as the reason.
Following is the letter of resignation sent last week by former President George Bush to the National Rifle Association: May 3, 1995



Dear Mr. Washington,

I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding citizens” is a vicious slander on good people.

Al Whicher, who served on my United States Secret Service detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country — and serve it well he did.

In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.

John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges. The same is true for the F.B.I.’s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond question.

Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government’s “go ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens.” (Your words)

I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list.

Sincerely,

George Bush

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

1. yes his idiot son let the nra run their

lobby from the white house

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Response to samsingh (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:29 PM

2. I have no particular love for GHWB, but I can't hold him responsiblefor the

actions of his idiot son. I believe GWB was so enamored with outdoing Pappy that he would not have taken any advice from him.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:36 PM

3. Yes

And if anything, he would do the opposite of his father just to prove he was his "own man". Men with major daddy-issues can be very scary leaders.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:38 PM

9. junior used senior's connections to get into power.

barbara bush pushed them to steal the election, again using senior's connections

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Response to samsingh (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:21 PM

8. Like Rand Paul is to Ron. Bush Jr is no Bush Sr

Bush Sr knew how to run the military more than the cheater did. But usually that is the role of the parents. Support their children. When they don't usually you get violent reactions

Besides anybody jumping out of an airplane passed 80 yrs old isn't all that bad.

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Response to PatrynXX (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:06 PM

11. Bush Sr defended his son every time he had a chance to do so

and even after the disaster that was Dumbya, Sr is still pushing another member of the BFEE.

Sorry they're all the same to me.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:40 PM

4. Very nice -

a decent response to the NRA's shrill garbage. Mr. Bush, well done sir.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:43 PM

5. I'd never heard this before. Thanks for posting n/t

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:03 PM

6. Shook his hand ...

Even though I voted for Dukakis and Clinton I had the opportunity to provide a service for a corporation hosting the former President as a speaker. When we were done with the set-up Bush came back to the table where we were sitting and shook our hands and thanked us. ... My impression, in spite of all the negative things I believed about him, was that he was really a decent guy.

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Response to sarchasm (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:18 PM

7. A legit war hero. Old-school Eisenhower Republican.

No wonder he's been marginalized.

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Response to sarchasm (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:28 PM

12. I will always remember that he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These days Republicans despise the ADA and lie about it every chance they get. You'd never get any GOP support for an ADA today.

Times have changed, and not always for the better.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:57 PM

10. yes, that happened after another mass shooting when clinton put the assault weapon ban on

 

the table. it's interesting to me that bush 1 got involved.

then bush 2 undid the assault ban.

our politics are increasingly byzantine.

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