Gun lobby has laid groundwork against any new laws
December 18th, 2012
07:27 AM ET
5 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.


Filed under: Gun rights • NRA
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  1. rationalobserver

    The Bill of Rights is there to protect the American people from any government trying to control the people. That is the purpose of the second amendment to the constitution.

    If you take away the second amendment you risk having another psychotic leader like Stalin, Mau Zedong, or Pol Pot become a dictator and massacre more millions of people.

    Simplistic, knee-jerk reactions to incidents like Newtown will surely cost America much more in freedom and government oppression.

    December 18, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Rudy NYC


    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 !!!
    No one is trying to get rid of guns, but if that is what it takes that that is what WILL happen. The 2nd Amendment was written with MUSKETS in the mind's eye: bullets were unheard of; mass production and interchangeable parts was still more than a century away; automatic weapons was more than half a century away; and a local police or law enforcement group was still just a collection of neighbors.

    The 2nd Amendment was written to allow citizens to protect themselves fro lawlessness through the use of a "well regulated militia" at a time when their were no police departments. The intent has never been the twisted argument that the founders wanted to empower the people to rise up against the government when need be.

    December 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. really

    lets outlaw everything that can be used to kill someone? Just because guns are used in a killing spree doesn't mean its the only way (planes,bombs,toxins etc). Yet lets take away on rights to defend, entertain, and express ourselves because the politicians don't think we're worth having rights.

    December 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Tim

    There were roughly 1.2 million abortions performed in 2008, and the abortion rate was 20 per 1,000 women aged 15–44.[31] Put differently, about 2% of American women aged 15–44 had an abortion that year.
    That is about 3287 babies killed per day.

    December 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. tammy

    People forget its not the gun that kills its the person behind it .

    December 18, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Name

    A gun alone causes no harm. A human alone will destroy anything they want.

    December 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Tom S

    Fact: 42 people die EVERY DAY in America from drunk drivers. These include children, infants, and expecting mothers. Why dont we bring Prohibition back and outlaw alcohol? Alcohol kills 42 people every day. This is a terrible thing that has happened but it was the person that killed and not the tool he used. He could have just as easily used his mother's car and ran over the littile kids as they waited in line for the buses. Sick people will find a way to kill. Sick people need to be monitored. Lets start registering the menatl people in the country like we register guns. Guns save many lives every day. The anti-gun media does not tell you that.

    December 18, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Wow

    All the people talking about the guns didnt help the mother sure she wasnt looking for her child to kill her, its not like he was a stranger breaking into her house.

    December 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Andrew Terrell

    There are over 300 million guns in the USA! I think that people are reacting out of emotion rather than thinking through what will really help keep our children safe. Is it really going to make a difference if a gunman is carrying ten 30 round clips or thirty 10 round clips – I doubt it. We need to mandate that all gun owners keep firearms that are not being used in approved gun safes. If the Newtown Shooter's mother had her guns locked away, the Newtown massacre would never have occurred. The issue is not about particular types of guns or the size of clips (a short barrelled pump action shot gun loaded with buckshot could have caused equal carnage in Newtown) – it is about keeping guns secure! If guns are locked away securely many more people will live.

    December 18, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Name wayne

    Has anyone considered why the second amendment followed immediately our right to free speech? There are loopholes, there are problems, but we can't trust government of the people, by the people to just paper. We must hold a powerful means to assure our doctrine of this republic

    December 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Urnso

    Rudy NYC, If the mother followed the NRA recomendations she would have had triggers locks which might have prevented this tragedy. It is shameful to blame the NRA for this incident and even more shameful to politicize this tragedy while the dead bodies were still warm. I am not saying that new laws should not be passed in the memory of this event but at least let the country have a mourning period before we talk about legislation. People should not make drastic decisions immediately after a tragic death. Solve the fiscal cliff, which could impact all of our children, before we delve into solutions to prevent mass muder. The worst school murder in our country happened in 1927 (45 people, 38 children) and no guns were involved.

    December 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Gary

    Wake up is RIGHT.....People, we can't sensibly put all the blame on guns. 18 IDIOTS with box cutters killed over 3,000 people, 1 IDIOT with a truck and fertilizer killed 168 people, 1 IDIOT with a gun killed 26 people. The only common word in the prior 3 IDIOT. People, we have an idiot problem. Why doesn't anyone propose that we do something about that problem....OH, that would be too difficult. Thats the problem with this society, everyone wants to take the easy way out. You can put all the gun control laws in place you want. If an IDIOT decides they're going to kill people....THEY WILL find a way to do it, whether its with box-cutters, fertilizer, or an illegally or legally obtained gun.

    December 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Namejim

    Any one seen how its working out in mexico, with only criminals having gun..strick gun laws dont stop mass murders.

    December 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. The reality is

    The reality is a doctor is 37,000 times more likely to accidentally kill you than a privately owned firearm.
    There are two hundred million firearms in private hands in the U.S. Do you honestly believe there some sort of groundswell of Americans wanting changes to gun laws? Don't try that "for the children" B.S. with me. The majority of you out there crying tears over kids you never knew are all for allowing them to be killed in the womb by their mothers, or by U.S. or Israeli soldiers in foreign lands. In fact, you probably promote it. Which brings us back to the doctors.
    Who was Adam Lanza's doctor? What prescription medication was Adam taking?

    December 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. WakeUpPeople

    And since gangsters really care about the law, I am sure banning them will obviously keep them out of the hands of gangsters. Wake up. Criminals are criminals because they dont follow the law. Guns will always make their way in just as automatic weapons do today. If this guy snapped and was determined to kill these people, he did not need a gun to accomplish that. So when we ban guns and the next nut job goes into a school and kills a bunch of people with a shovel, no more gardening for anyone 🙂

    December 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    I wouldn't say they are acting like the guilty party. Au contraire. They remind me of Mitt Romney in their blatant arrogance.
    Who but someone who feels quite powerful and almighty would shut down the means and ways by which public clamor can reach their ears? Only those that think they are above said clamor, and can wait out and withstand the backlash.
    POWER thy name is NRA until, that is, people (voters) decide to unite and wrestle it from you.

    December 18, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. dollka

    Put prayers back in school and morals back in our class rooms. The pledge of allegiance. Amen.

    December 18, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Namedeacon

    Guns don't kill !!! Never seen a gun shoot anything . The person holding the gun dose the damage.

    December 18, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. The Other Dale


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


    And we're giving up our liberty every day to groups like the NRA who pursue the wide distribution of weapons that leave people trapped in their homes, feearing for their lives, unable to venture to the store or have their kids in school because they're afraid some NRA-supporter is going to lose it and shoot everyone in the room. Talk about liberty? There is none with bullets flying around.

    December 18, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Karen Sullivan

    Let the people decide not the NRA

    December 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Tim

    I hate people who say guns are not the problem, people are. Well how the hell do you find who is going to shoot when most of the shooters were honor students or PhDs with absolutely no criminal background.

    December 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Darryl

    The assult wepons and clips for any gun needs to be out-lawed across the country. These wepons have NO purpose other than mass slautering on an extreme level. The military & special law enforcemnt are the only people who be available to acuire these things. The killings of these children isn't going to stop in schools or anyother place where some crazy person wants to destroy lives for whatever reason. But for anyone in this country having access to such a unreasonable firearm is nothing more than insanity. They need to be controled as much as possible if that is even possible.

    December 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Name Julie

    Thoughts on equating guns and cars: it's ridiculous. They are not designed to kill, rather they are designed to protect their occupants. We have laws against improper use like speeding and prohibit overpowered F1 cars on the road.

    Next, we neef to slow down the killers ability to kill

    December 18, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Ted

    I don't own a gun and am not a NRA supporter. None the less, I find the predictable attacks against the NRA and gun owners myopic. About 10,000 Americans die each year from drunk driving related accidents: Should we ban cars? No, we correctly identified the real problem; societal acceptance of intoxicated people driving cars. Similarly, we need to identify and attack the real causes of increasing violence in society. This means we have to look at ourselves, at the moral values we teach our kids, at the real consequences modern culture. This is not nearly as satisfying as ranting against gun ownership. The violence must stop. Banning guns will not stop it.

    December 18, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Name bill t

    before we go to bed tonight another 100 in America will be killed from automobile and nobody says Jack about it.. that's 400 people dead since the Sandy Hook shooting why isn't that on the news where's the outrage...

    December 18, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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