Last week's mass-shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. has put a silencer on the National Rifle Association.
The nation's largest, most powerful gun-rights organization has not issued a statement since a young man shot his mother dead in her bed, then charged into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 people, including 20 children before turning the gun on himself. The group has been turning down media requests for comment in news articles. Its Facebook page, which has 1.7 million "likes," was pulled down. Since the incident, the group's Twitter account has been silent.
As a debate over the nation's gun laws dominates the news, the NRA has declined offers to feature a representative on talk shows. Even as pro-NRA lawmakers, like Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, and Mark Warner, D-Va., came forward to say more gun control could be needed, the group maintained its public silence.
Since the incident, the NRA has been a predictable lightening rod for public outrage. Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the NRA office on Capitol Hill demanding the group not prevent gun reform. The deep-pocketed NRA spent $2.2 million lobbying Congress through the end of September, and nearly $18 million in the 2012 elections to oppose President Barack Obama, the Huffington Post reports.
The NRA has kept a low profile following previous mass shootings, but never to this extent, news reports say. The NRA issued a statement of condolences after this summer's shooting that killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
Via Politico, ABC News, and Huffington Post