NRA makes first statement following CT school shooting
December 18th, 2012
04:38 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA makes first statement following CT school shooting

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association said in a statement Tuesday it was "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by news of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. It said it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

The group explained its several days of silence was "out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency."

It is the most prominent national gun rights group and spent $17 million this year on federal elections. Since Friday's shooting, several legislators have said they plan to submit, support, or consider strengthened federal gun legislation.


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  1. Gurgyl

    BS. I strongly suggest that this nation needs to ban guns and pass GUN-CONTROL LAW. Period. BCBS was worst to lobby and we ignored, we need to do the same here. Pass Gun-Ban law.

    December 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. ghostriter

    Well....it seems that even the mighty NRA can be humble.

    I'm sure by this time tomorrow, I'll be back to bashing them and they'll be back to their usual tricks.

    December 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Anthony

    Here we go........"Sorry your loved ones were taken away by the products that we support, heres some money now go away"i can't believe they just said that they were going to give money to them. How about on top of that your also say "yes we acknowledge there's a problem and we wil help support legislation preventing this type of tragedy again"

    December 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. sdnative

    This reminds me of song (old) "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" – Denise Williams

    December 18, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    I hope they mean it.

    December 18, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    My friend, Lt. Col. Peter Read, lost his daughter in the VT shooting. These deaths in CT are nothing more than a temporary PR problem to them. The NRA will back to their pathetic twisting of the 2nd Amendment before the week is out.

    December 18, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    how are the law going to stop people from getting guns who can and will stop this people and children are getting hurt and kill everywere its sad when is it going to stop

    December 18, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Greater Good

    There's been more of a crackdown on caffeine-laced sports drinks and junk food than on guns in the past several years. Words are one thing, actions another. Many of us still feel the NRA are essentially "pushers" and won't be happy until guns can be dispensed from vending machines on every street corner in our nation.

    December 18, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. PJ

    "The group explained its several days of silence was 'out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common
    decency'".
    **********
    Hogwash.

    December 18, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. CanadaONE

    every country has people with mental illness – but WHY do Americans kill each other at a higher rate than any other countries??

    Answer GUNS – the more guns you have on the street and in houses the more Americans will die

    America YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT

    "the land of the free and the home of the brave"

    DO NOT MAKE IT

    the land of the shooting spree and the home of the grave

    December 18, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Rob

    @ Anthony
    They did say that, they said they would help take meaningful steps to make sure this never happens again, what more do you want?

    Have you ever even been to an NRA meeting? I have and do you know what they about? They talk about gun safety, gun safety, gun safety and more gun safety. Please stop blaming the NRA because last I checked no NRA member has ever pointed a gun at a civilian and pulled the trigger.

    December 18, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. gerr

    History of the NRA. For decades the NRA wanted citizens to arm themselves against the government. Then they wanted Americans to have guns to protect against criminals (majority of Americans will never see a criminal with a gun). What has now worked is to arm against the proliferation the NRA has promoted for decades. So simple, Americans are arming themselves against second amendment fanatics.

    December 18, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Rosslaw

    This is an organization that will work tirelessly to ensure that American weapons are sold to the Mexican cartels to the tune of 2,000 weapons a day traveling south. I'm sure they're all broken up by Newtown.

    December 18, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. CeciltheDiesel

    Only fools give up their rights. Only fools let others run their lives. ONE armed guard could have stopped this. When Obama earmarks stimulus money to put armed guards in "gun free zones," I will support it. Every other move is completely futile and ineffective. Americans...real Americans...do NOT give up their rights or their guns to a socialist dictator.

    December 18, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Lee Collins

    My open letter to the National Rifle Association:

    Dear NRA: I know that, on days like today, your inclination is to circle your wagons and to counterattack in support of the 2nd Amendment, fearing that legislators and the media will move to restrict the purchase and possession of weapons. You will cry that most gun-owners are responsible and law-abiding and, of course, you will be right. But t
    hat’s typically where you stop. You go on the defensive, and you remind key legislators of your support and you threaten to withdraw it, but you don’t offer up your legions of members and your mighty treasury in support of anything that is particularly helpful. Well, today, you can. You can issue a statement that our country does not do nearly enough to identify and treat mental illness. You can demand that all insurance plans cover a broad spectrum of treatment for mental illness. You can demand that states’ Medicaid plans include robust mental health coverage. You can demand that Congress and the States examine the state of residential care for the mentally ill, and threaten to withdraw your support from any legislator who does not vote in favor of expanding mental health services. Demand Congressional hearings on the issue. Demand State hearings on the issue. Demand legislation and funding and support for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in every community in the United States. Because as long as you have mentally ill people killing children with guns, there will be people like me who want to go after the guns. You can offer me an alternative, but only if you go after it with all the vigor and passion with which you protect gun ownership. So, come on. Get busy. Man up. Show us what you got. Sincerely, Lee Collins

    December 18, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. ja

    lobbyist sell tons of bad products to politicians, then to the citizens, by way of those we elect, may be military enlistment we go up if we band the assualt weapons

    December 18, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Those shot guns in the above photo are not the problem.

    Asalt weapons that hold more then seven rounds , and hang guns that hold more then seven rounds are the problem !

    I don't know of any hunter of any person needing protection that needs more then seven rounds !

    Most Shot guns only hold five .

    December 18, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. nothing new here

    Another special interest group?
    Not interested.

    December 18, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Bermille

    All they have to do is say they won't use their money to support candidates and then I will believe them.

    December 18, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Willie Floyd

    Define "meaningful contributions" please.

    December 18, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Dale Liston

    Wow! it's clear the people who shop at CNN's brand of news are ignorant. I like the picture above with the guy in an American flag shirt. Let's stereotype a little more. Bigots

    December 18, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. High Plains

    Why is it the NRA's fault?? Modern sporting rifles or AR platform rifles will be selling fast. I am sure politicians will focus on those rifles even though they are semi-automatic.

    December 18, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Unfortunately,'Gun Free School Zones' have turned our schools, malls and theaters into Killing Feilds.....all the mass murders are carried out by nuts that target places where they are assured that no one will be able to shoot back."

    I would like to offer NRA leadership the comment above and then suggest the following ... you made these folks the fools they are. Now deal with THEM. ALL of them.

    I would also like to offer a heart felt "good luck" getting the toothpaste back in the tube.

    December 18, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.""

    Is that why the NRA's "news" releases....their own actual video-news productions...are already editorializing already criticizing everyone making in effort to open up this conversation? These guys couldn't be more full of crap if you stapled their lips to anoverfed elephant's anus.

    December 18, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. High Plains

    They don't deal with us as we pay their salary. The free market is faster than any legislation and there are so many guns in private hands it would be like deporting 12 million illegal aliens. Unwise and pointless.

    December 18, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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