NRA official to Congress: More gun laws not the answer
January 30th, 2013
07:49 AM ET
1 year ago

NRA official to Congress: More gun laws not the answer

(CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, will give the opening statement at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to two sources close to Giffords.

It is the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school massacre that left 26 people dead. A top NRA official plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that new weapons restrictions are not a "serious solution" to the problem.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    We went there before.......gun violence actually ticked upward. Of course, gun control is not the answer.

    Getting a handle on the mentally ill and instavle, is the key to solving these problems.

    Turning our population away from violence in general is something we have to do. We have to basically return our people, to the decent, law abiding people of yesterday, instead of the hugely disrespectful, self-centered, and violent people of today.

    if you don't change the people, you will change NOTHING!

    January 30, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Your opinion means NOTHING Wayne. All you care about is getting $ from the manufacturers and having anyone and everyone armed with whatever weapon they want. Can you help me?...I want a bazooka. It's my 2nd amendment right yes?

    January 30, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Facts don't LIE

    The NRA has already said time and again the answer is not more gun laws but MORE GUNS period."the only tthing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. So why even ask them what they think, the answer is not going to change. I think art of the problem with this whole issue is what it is being called..gun CONTROL! Anytime you use the word CONTROL the right freaks out because they relate it to one taking their weapons away and telling them what to do. It's akin to the other term they dislike regulation. They feel the feds should not be able to tell them what to do regardless of what has occured. Sooner or later there will be another mass shooting and the results will be the same, first the outrage, then gun sales go up, the NRA says buy more guns to protect yourself and of course nothing is done.

    January 30, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. DENNA

    The NRA is right, of course. We don't need more laws, we need more guns. The NRA would love to see the entire country armed to the teeth. Pretty soon, this country is going to look like those middle-eastern hot spots where there is constant shooting on a daily basis, much like the urban areas of America are now. If that happens, where will the rest of us go? Oh, not to worry. Those of us who don't want to kill anyone can just get ourselves some guns and hide in our homes. Voila! The NRA's perfect world created. Everyone now has a gun.

    January 30, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. confused

    Of course it is not a through fix. Enforcement of the laws is something that hasnt gone on. I can count the number of times my sister has gotten out of a speeding ticket. You can read the stories about how illegal's are let off the hook. We just need to let medical facilities know that there are incentives for reporting the mental health records.

    January 30, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. GuestAgain

    CRIME CONTROL. Not gun control.

    January 30, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. ST

    Anyone with some brain cells functioning properly will understand why the NRA official is claiming: "More gun laws, not the answer". This is totally defense mechanism. Why can't he wait until we prove ourselves, after laws are made and enforced, that they are not the answer?

    January 30, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    American People to NRA Official: :More Guns Is Not The Answer"

    Let's conduct one of Einsteins famous thought experiments. We are all familiar with the Newtown tragedy to our own varying degrees and opinions. Let's change one word. or one detail, in that entire episode. Let's suppose that the murder weapon had not been a gun, but rahter the weapon had been a knife.

    Would we be sitting around arguing over whether or not everyone should be armed with bigger and deadlier knives? Would we be arguning for teachers to trained and armed with knives? Pick any argument or viewpoint surrounding the whole Newtown case and change the word gun to knife. Try it.

    January 30, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Just a thought

    Yeah right.....gun rights for the mentally unfit. GREAT IDEA! Is it true that erectile dysfunction can also boost gun sales? If that's the case, no wonder the gun lobby would propose selling a weapon along with a month's supply of viagra. Sad, and pathetic

    January 30, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. rs

    American people to NRA: More guns, and less responsibility not the answer.

    The NRA must cease supporting the rights of murderers!

    January 30, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. lw

    a gun or rifle is only a tool, and like any tool it is up to the operator to decide how that tool is used. hundreds were killed on 9 11 by planes, did we outlaw planes for spite? no we went after those responsible because the plane was a tool.

    January 30, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Pete

    Nothing the NRA ever says make any sense..Ask the NRA how they sent money to Zimmerman for legal aid after he shot Trayvon in a senseless act and has kept their money dealings secret to even their own members...How Ted Nugent says he'd be either dead or jail if Pres.Obama is reelected,well Ted baby what is it big mouth because you've done neither have you yah draft dodger!!Or how the NRA and other clubs hired a supposid legal team to advise Zimmerman on his rights with this STAND YOUR GROUND LAW in Florida and found out later how the team was connected to the KKK,nice ha idiots!!Keep screwing up republicans and your NRA buddies in arms ,you'll all go down together whether you like it or not because ignorence seems to like company doesn't it!!!

    January 30, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    We went there before.......gun violence actually ticked upward. Of course, gun control is not the answer.
    __________________________________
    Are we so different from Austrailians or the English? Their laws curbed gun deaths.

    January 30, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. rs

    lw

    a gun or rifle is only a tool, and like any tool it is up to the operator to decide how that tool is used. hundreds were killed on 9 11 by planes, did we outlaw planes for spite? no we went after those responsible because the plane was a tool.
    _____________________________________

    No we did not, but the answer to that is easy and transparent. Airplanes are for transportation (just like cars or bicycles). Guns on the other hand are made just to kill. When they get used for their intended purpose, people die.

    Clear now?

    January 30, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    Passing an ASSAULT Weapon ban & restricting all magazines, even pistols, to 10 bullets would be symbolic. It WOULD honor the tragedies of all mass shooting victims since 2004, when the 1994 Ban expired(Thanks Macho Man George W.). Can the babies who wail about THEIR Second Amendment Rights make such a SMALL sacrifice o/b/o these victims & their families ? THEY'VE got rights too!

    January 30, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |