Reagan wasn’t the only former Republican president who bucked the NRA in the 1990s: Former president George H.W. Bush resigned from the organization in 1995 after an NRA fundraising letter described some federal agents as "jack-booted thugs."
"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,’” Bush wrote in 1995. “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."