Gun lobby has laid groundwork against any new laws
December 18th, 2012
07:27 AM ET
6 years ago

Gun lobby has laid groundwork against any new laws

Washington (CNNMoney) - A cacophony of calls to change gun laws has emerged after last week's tragedy in Connecticut, and the National Rifle Association has kept quiet.

But no one expects silence from the NRA once President Obama or members of Congress make any move to change the laws.


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  1. Gurgyl

    Doli capax, of non compose mentis, now Aspergers syndrome??? Silly defenses at mass murders–chain killings, in law. Pass GUN-CONTROL LAWS. Ok. Do not be stupid.

    December 18, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. ulli

    BLOOD on your hands.

    20 children
    6 teachers

    December 18, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  3. dragonfire77

    The NRA used to advocate for protection of reasonable sportsmen/women. They used to have a rational approach to public safety with regard to firearms. Now they're trying to fashion themselves as a small army, pushing no controls on any guns anywhere, and trying to get an assault rifle in every household, a handgun into the hands of every child, with no training requirements, and not background checks.
    The NRA used to be a reasonable group. They can be called 'reasonable' no more.

    December 18, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Will Congress change gun laws for the love of our children or do nothing for the love of money?

    December 18, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. Marie MD

    These nra cowards have been hiding in their gun filled bunkers since last Friday but now they are coming out like the roaches that they are. I'm still waiting to hear from lapierre because even he has to have children and felt a bit of remorse (probably not) about these shootings that are now an almost daily occurrence in our country. Their candidates didn't fare well that's a start for the rest of us and responsible gun owners.
    Four million members vs the rest od the US? Come on folks, we can beat them without using force or guns!!!
    Call or email your representatives and let them I know that this carnage cannot and should not continue.

    December 18, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Gus are NOT the problem. People are the problem.

    If you aren't willing to solve the people problems, then you aren't willing to tackle the REAL ISSUES!

    December 18, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A cacophony of calls to change gun laws has emerged after last week's tragedy in Connecticut, and the National Rifle Association has kept quiet
    My mother used to say to me it is the one that runs his mouth the least that you have to be concerned about. He is the one that is in a position of power.
    How true.

    My personal take on this is that we, children, teenagers and adults have become desensitized to violence, to injury, to the infliction of pain on others, to carnage, and even death. We view these events as outside of ourselves whenthey are happening to someone else. I attribute it to a complete breakdown of interacting with our children at home, and all of these violent video games played by young and old alike.
    We sit our kids in front of a TV or DVD or video game, or Ipod, or computer and we go on about our own personal business. To further separate and disconnect what little human interaction we have with each other we throw in a pair of headsets.
    Samuel L. Jackson made a valid point when he said that he grew up in a place where everybody owned a gun. They were acutely aware of the harm they could inflict and acted with responsible accordance, somehting that is sorely lacking today.

    December 18, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The gun lobby needs to come up with solutions to prevent these types of incidents. No one is trying to take away anyone's gun, but they will eventually be taken away as the status quo becomes more and more violent, and people become more and more desparate for a solution.

    To suggest that the teachers should have been armed, and the incident could have averted is the epitomy of ignorance. Not so much because the idea of having guns in a school is an unneccessary risk. But, because the argument completely ignores the obvious, which is that mother was fully armed per gun enthusiast recommendations and having those guns did not help her.

    December 18, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. Jeff O'Dette

    34 people killed every day by guns. You think by now there would ALREADY BE laws against them.

    December 18, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Of course they are. Wouldn't want to lose a few of those billions they are making off gun sales. They could care less about the victims of Sandy Hook. It's all about the benjamins to them.

    December 18, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Obama, you did not care BCBS–do not care NRA–sign the gun-ban legislation. Second amendment is bunch of BS and silly, Rusty. God bless you.

    December 18, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Gus are NOT the problem. People are the problem.
    You're right. Those problem people are the NRA and their most fanatic members. Allow me to point out the obvious to you. Owning a gun didn't help the mother.

    Gun owners and hunting enthusiasts gladly accept rules when it comes to using for hunting: i.e.; bow and arrow season; shotgun season; etc. So why is it so hard to accept other rules restricting or defining the use of their weapons.

    December 18, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. Steve, New York City

    Organizations like the NRA represent exactly what is WRONG with American politics. They bribe members of congress, offering so much financial support during elections, that legislators are boxed in – and have no choice but to do the bidding of rich lobbyists, rather than making decisions that are sensible.

    I am all for the 2nd amendment. However, I care MUCH MORE about weapons being kept out of the hands of criminals and the criminally insane. Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Sikh Temple, the Colorado movie theater, Oregon and now Sandy Hook elementary???? This is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE – the NRA should cut the crap and push for greater strictures on gun ownership. My heart bleeds for the victims, and I am sick to my stomach that these shootings seem to be happening more frequently.

    December 18, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. FubarPeople

    34 people killed every day - using that logic then we should ban automobiles frist because 115 day every day

    December 18, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Just a thought

    Rick McDaniel

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    Gus are NOT the problem. People are the problem.

    Since we can't get rid of people....let's shoot (pun intended) for getting rid of SOME of the mass murdering guns.

    December 18, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Nate

    The reality is automobiles kill more people than guns every day and no one is screaming about more restrictions on automobiles does that make sense but u want to get rid of guns !!!

    December 18, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Just a thought

    We have to protect our children. There are idiots amoungst us that need to have a gun to take a whiz. It appears these pathetic people treat their guns the way the rest of us treat our children – our babies. So expect this to be long, protracted fight to get assault weapons out of the hands of the mentally disturbed. But it is worth it, Our children are worth that fight.

    December 18, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. stan

    "Those that give up their Liberty for safety deserve neither " T.J

    December 18, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    More and more of these mass shootings are being committed by young adults.
    Something to think about.
    The President was absolutely correct when he said that we must look after our children because when we fail them we have failed society at its' core (paraphrasing).
    It starts and ends at home.
    We must commit to raising our children with values, and respect for others and for life.
    We have to stop passing the buck on to teachers, and other convenient pseudo-caregivers.

    December 18, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Adam

    If we think for a second that the NRA is standing up for Rational Gun Ownership, think again. The NRA leadership is not worried about defending the second amendment, but is very worried about defending the profits of gun manufactures who sell these military assault rifles and other accessories. I wish gun owners who are part of the NRA would withdraw their membership to send a message to the NRA leadership that they must change course and start thinking about rational gun laws that make sense. – Just as an example, I can't go into my local gun shop and buy a stick of high explosive, but I can go into my local gun shop and buy a semi automatic AR-15 with high capacity clips and thousands of rounds of ammo, with no questions asked. Both of these can do almost the same amount of harm, but one is tightly controlled and regulated to licensed dealers and users of the material and other is completely unregulated and can be bought and sold to people without any type of training at all. That is not common sense.

    December 18, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    The NRA isn't being quiet. They're simply not talking to the press. They're blatantly ignoring the public closing their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. They are acting like the guilty party, if you ask me.

    December 18, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. plain&simple

    When will the NRA realize this is their moment in time to have a say in shaping the future of gun ownership in this country. To take the heat off them and show they want accountability for irresponsible ownership of guns. Acknowledge that there is a problem and join in finding solutions. That's what responsible people do. Sticking ones head in the sand is not a good tactic.

    December 18, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. NameEllie

    Guns for many is fear( somebody who come to take "theirs-whatever" for
    NRA & business for greed. UNWELL or unknowing then have access to kill by use. of the family owned weapons.One does not need " hudreds of rounds to kill a deer! This is different from gang & oter planned criminal activity. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE using USING EASILY OTAINED GUNS. Iam sickened by the killings& a society who allows it.

    December 18, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. harold

    Weapons that are semi-automatic copies of fully automatic weapons that have been issued to the military should be covered by the 1934 National Firearms Act.
    The purpose of the NFA was to regulate what were considered "gangster weapons".

    December 18, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. Namedeacon

    guns don't kill people, people kill people !!!

    December 18, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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