Adolphus Busch IV, heir to the Busch family brewing fortune, resigned his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association Thursday over its opposition to background checks. "I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable," Busch wrote in a letter to NRA President David Keene. "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." read more
On his show Morning Joe on MSNBC, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough sharply criticized Republican senators for defeating the gun background checks legislation yesterday. "You don't ignore -- you do not ignore 90 percent of the American people on an issue of public safety. You don't do it. They did it yesterday, and I've got to say, mark it down, this is going to be a turning point in the history of the Republican party as well. And let those out there chattering, let them chatter away all they want to and scream like hyenas. ... This party that killed this background check yesterday, this party is moving toward extinction. A new Republican party is going to replace it and this is going toe a vote people will look back on and say that party, that extremism that was unsustainable."
A 6-year-old New Jersey boy has died after being shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate as their parents stood in the yard nearby. Brandon Holt was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, according to Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy. Brandon was playing in and around the 4-year-old's Toms River home on Monday evening when the younger child left the yard and went inside, police explained. "The 4-year-old ... retrieved a rifle within the house, a .22-caliber rifle, came outside," Mastronardy said. "A shot went out and the 6-year-old was struck in the head."
A Florida woman snacking on her favorite salty treat found what she calls a sign from God on one of her Goldfish crackers.
Patti Burke told Florida Today she thought Pepperidge Farms was running some kind of promotion when she spotted a crown and a cross imprinted on the cracker she was about to eat during Holy Week.
"They called me back and said there's no way this could have been printed like that in the factory," the Melbourne woman told the newspaper. "They said it sounds like something miraculous happened."
Burke eats 2 to 3 pounds of Goldfish crackers in a week.
After hearing her pastor's Easter Sunday sermon on Jesus' resurrection, she told USA Today she believes the cracker is a sign that God is present in everyday life.
Burke hasn't decided what to do with her holy cracker yet. She carries it around in an earring box padded with gauze.
Femen activists have declared 4 April "topless jihad day" as a gesture of support for a Tunisian woman who was threatened with death by stoning for baring her breasts online.
Amina Tyler ignited a storm when she posted images of herself with the words "F*** your morals" written across her chest to the Femen-Tunisia Facebook page.
Another image showing her smoking a cigarette with: "My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone's honour", written in Arabic script across her bare chest, was also posted.