August Busch IV’s epic ‘I quit you’ letter to the NRA

August Busch IV

August Busch IV

Cheers to you, sir.

I guess the disgust with the defeat of even modest gun reform in the Senate, where a background checks bill went down to defeat on Wednesday, has spread beyond the Twittersphere (and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Newtown, and Gabby Giffords)… Adolphus “August” Busch, scion of the famous beer family, and a longtime supporter of the NRA, has quit the organization over its extremist position on background checks.

He released an epic resignation letter to St. Louis TV station KDSK, writing:

“…One only has to ask why the NRA reversed its original position on background checks. Was it not the NRA position to support background checks when Mr. LaPierre himself stated in 1999 that NRA saw checks as ‘reasonable’?”

“…I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable,” Busch writes.

And he added:

I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision,” he said. “The NRA I see today has undermined the values upon which it was established. 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.”

“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.”

… before directing the organization to “immediately” remove his name from its membership roles.

The letter was addressed to RA President David Keene.

So will gun extremists from the hinterlands stop drinking Anheuser-Busch beers? Will gun safety advocates start? If so, Bud may have just bumped up its appeal to 90 percent of the U.S. population. So cheers to you, August. A nice, cold Bud Light is suddenly sounding like an awesome idea.

You can read the full letter here.

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5 Responses to August Busch IV’s epic ‘I quit you’ letter to the NRA

  1. Dan, the gun extremist says:

    I am ready to switch brands, anyway. According to this news report, Mr. Busch owns a plethora of firearms, including the ones he criticizes the NRA of supporting. I must admit I was unaware of Mr. Busch’s past. I can no longer, in good conscientious, support this behavior. Even though he lost the company for his investors he may still receive remuneration and I will no longer contribute. And, the NRA does support improved background checks, esp. for the mentally impaired. Maybe Mr. Busch was concerned his own behavior was suspect. I guess it depends on your definition of “reasonable gun laws.”

  2. Mike Funra says:

    Joy, I love your work, but it was Adolphus Busch IV that wrote the letter. In your column you talk about August Busch IV, a completely different person.

    By the way, August Busch IV is not an especially swell guy. Back in 1983, when he was going to college in Arizona, he was in a car crash that killed a 22 year old woman. He left the scene without notifying the authorities, but he was never charged with a crime.

    Then, in 2010, his girlfriend Adrienne Martin dies of a drug overdose at his mansion in St. Louis.

    • waltjack says:

      I am sure we can dig deep in most peoples past and come up with some mistake. What of the lessons learned by events from our past, are we better people today because them. I think so.

  3. Ann Smith says:

    In his resignation letter August Busch refers to a BOGUS Mayors Against Illegal Guns survey conducted by Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins University regarding NRA members supposed support of NEW universal background checks. ANY poll, survey, statistics, studies or other research or information to do with firearms coming from Bloomberg controlled Johns Hopkins University can be reasonably assumed to be grossly exaggerated if not outright false.

    What incredible hubris from a man whose family has for over a century produced alcoholic beverages, which by some recent estimates alcohol consumption is directly responsible for 100,000 ANNUAL deaths in the United States alone!

    Perhaps he is seeking to shift the blame for alcohol fueled violence to something other than alcohol. Or perhaps dear August had consumed too many Budweiser products when he penned his resignation letter.

    Stop blaming objects for the violent behavior of individuals.

    It is the pervasive violence in this country that must be addressed not inanimate objects.

  4. Debbie Benedict says:

    I am proud of the guy, sounds like he is finally using his brain. He needs to straighten up, J.T. would want that.

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