It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Republican politicians were not beholden to the National Rifle Association. Fred Guttenberg, the father of the late Jamie Guttenberg, one of the victims of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, reminded the GOP of that on the day of President George H.W. Bush’s passing.
‘A lot will be written today about President George Bush. Whether you agreed or disagreed with him, most would think that he always served with honor and decency. This resignation letter that he wrote resigning his NRA membership is only one example.’
A lot will be written today about President George Bush. Whether you agreed or disagreed with him, most would think that he always served with honor and decency. This resignation letter that he wrote resigning his NRA membership is only one example.https://t.co/liV3qKn6n9
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 1, 2018
The resignation came when Bush took a stand against the organization after Executive Vice President of the NRA Wayne LaPierre referred to federal agents as “jack-booted thugs” following the Oklahoma City bombing, saying that these agents were “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms [to] attack law abiding citizens” when stricter gun policies resulted from the attack.
In that resignation letter, President Bush said:
‘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.
‘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.’
Twitter stood behind Guttenberg for his praise of Bush’s decision to take a stand. Read some of their comments below:
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