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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:38 PM

1995: George H.W. Bush Resigned Lifetime NRA Membership Over LaPierre Fanaticism

On April 13, less than a week before the Oklahoma City bombing, Mr. LaPierre signed a fund-raising letter asserting that President Clinton’s ban on assault weapons ‘gives jackbooted Government thugs more power to take away our constitutional rights, break in our doors, seize our guns, destroy our property and even injure and kill us,’” The New York Times reported in May of 1995 ...

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On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, in the worst terrorism act on U.S. soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Following is the letter of resignation ... by former President George Bush to the National Rifle Association: May 3, 1995

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.

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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, (signed) George Bush
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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:44 PM

1. Good for him. The media has got to stop giving all the coverage to the wackos and

Much less to those who believe in reasonable regulation which is the majority

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:33 PM

2. It's Been A Long Time Since There Were Decent Republican Politicians.


What would it take for a Republican office holder to tell the NRA to fuck off, in this day and time?

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:35 PM

3. One "atta-boy" doesn't make up for a lifetime of "aw-shits". nt.

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Response to Emit (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:37 PM

4. It was an empty PR stunt.

When it comes time to actually *DO* something about gun violence, he bans importing foreign-made assault rifles.
That's all.

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Response to Archae (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:58 PM

5. Daddy was far more SANE than any of his Texan/Florida Sons

Maybe he should have kept them in Connecticut.

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