Anheuser-Busch Heir Pens Letter Resigning NRA Membership, Blasts Their ‘Distorted Values’

Adolphus A. Busch IV, heir the Busch family brewing fortune, penned a letter indicating his “formal resignation” of his lifetime National Rifle Association membership. The letter, sent to KSDK, cites the NRA’s opposition to background checks and criticizes the organization’s “distorted values.”

“It disturbs me greatly to see this rigid new direction of the NRA,” Busch wrote. “Was it not the NRA position to support background checks when Mr. LaPierre himself stated in 1999 that NRA saw the checks as ‘reasonable’?”

“I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision,” he later added. “The NRA appears to have evolved into the lobby for gun and ammunition manufacturers instead of gun owners. … [I] must take this action based upon my personal feelings toward the distorted values I see emerging within the NRA.”

On Wednesday, the Senate defeated a measure that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Read the full letter here.

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