There's been a lot of media comment on the NRA's silence since Friday's Newtown tragedy. The organization has now broken its silence by expressing sympathy for the victims and announcing a further major statement to follow on Friday.
The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters - " and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.
The statement explained the group's earlier silence: "Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting."
And the group announced a major news conference set for Friday, at which they'll offer "meaningful contributions" on the issue of mass shootings in America.
The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.
It's just Standard operating procedure, I bet whenever there's a public atrocity committed that involved guns they stay silent for a while to allow the public to cool, do something like now which is putting out a positive statement, and then when a bill is introduced they'll lobby against it as much as they can.
They won't cave like Boehner. Boehner thinks that by the time election day comes around his constituents will have forgotten all about how he sold them up the river. The NRA can be shut down immediately if they don't do the bidding of their members. I can't wait until Friday. There will be a lot of upset liberals on that day.
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I think you're wrong here Dan. I want to hear what they have to say. Either they're going to come at us reasonable and that's progress or they're going to bury themselves and that also is progress. I'm a gun owner with very little respect for the NRA. I want to see if they are willing to compromise because 4 million people out of more than 300 million shouldn't be able to hold a nation hostage.
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Agreed. I think rather than hiding this may be an opportunity for the NRA to lead the discussion rather than being the token bad guys in this miserable situation. It's risky, though - the NRA is one poor word choice away from near-universal condemnation.
I would want to hear them say that they will fight to uphold the meaning and intent of the Second Amendment. Jefferson, Adams, Madison and the other founding fatherss did not create the Second Amendment to insure that the citizens can hunt and plink. They created the Amendment as another Check & Balance to the power, or abuse of power, by the federal government.
Many of you out there still think the NRA is the same as it was decades ago. Today's NRA is big business, and they could easily afford to pay to search for real causes for the spate of rampage killings. They could also support putting semi-auto clones of military weapons under the National Firearms Act of 1934, which regulated, but not banned, so-called 'gangster weapons'. They supported the act in 1934, so why not today?
I would like the NRA to push for more hunter's safety and gun owner's courses. I feel that while there are several things that contributed to this horrific event, the NRA as an organization, had little to do with a tragedy caused by an stable individual and his mother who had guns that were legally owned and registered. I also think placing blame on any person or organization that anyone can conceive of is a product of our litigious society. People need to accept personal responsibility and assign blame where it belongs.
@woodtick57 Yeah, I fear for the lives of my son (who's taken it twice) and family every dear season. I wish you had to show proof before you got a license to hunt. I am ready to hear it for my next statement too...I think a gun safety/training should be required before you purchase a handgun!
@MarkJM Even a stupid hog finds an ear of corn when it begins to starve. I think that even the most completely idiotic person that isnt a mentally challenged, brainwashed, soon to be killer, can understand this....
@MarkJM If he had only a three shot shutgun or a six shot revolver dont you think that even tho he woudl have done carnage, SOMEBODY woudl have stopped him before he killed so many?????????/ DUH! Where most of the problem lies these days is mental problems caused BY SOCIETY. OUTLAW the vidoe games of killing. Stop schools from pushing pushing pushing crap in the ch8ildrens minds and the short circuit JUST LIKE WHEN BRAINWASHING IS DONE! There are always going to be mentally ill people but not even a drop in the bucket
You do realize "rifles and shotguns" could have done the same carnage....right? Shotgun shells range from 000 (6 pellets X .36) to #4 (21 pellets X .24). The pattern from 15 ft would take several people down Now, a hunting rifle can take down a 150 lb buck from 200 yards with a scope and can be fired (with a little training) at about 15 rounds a minute.
@stepped_in_it considering that the prime cause of this tragedy was knowledge of how to use these weapons by a mentally unbalanced person I would think the audience on this partular forun is the last place you would want to put information like this...
I'd like to hear calls for expanded capabilities for teachers to arm themselves if they desire. I'd like to hear calls to allow CCW holders to be able to carry in public at places like malls and theaters. Gun free zone laws are getting people killed.
@woodtick57 I for one just do not understand that "More Guns" statement. I conceal carry already, being allowed to enter one more building does equal more guns. How could it lead to these killings when the last 3 slaying were at gun free zones? We allowed this monster Lanza to have the Fuel and the Fire.
@woodtick57 With all the calls for more gun control after the tragic massacre in Newtown Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School which resulted in the deaths of 20 children aged 6 to 7 years old and six adults, it is worth noting that the worst school massacre in U.S. history where 45 people died, 38 of them elementary school children and 58 others injured, occurred without one person killed by a gun.
With all the calls for more gun control after the tragic massacre in Newtown Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School which resulted in the deaths of 20 children aged 6 to 7 years old and six adults, it is worth noting that the worst school massacre in U.S. history where 45 people died, 38 of them elementary school children and 58 others injured, occurred without one person killed by a gun.