Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut
March 25th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association has "stooped to a new low" in making robocalls to residents in Newtown, the two U.S. senators from Connecticut argued in a letter to the NRA on Monday.

"We call on you to immediately stop calling the families and friends of the victims in Newtown," the senators wrote.

Reports emerged last week of Newtown residents receiving robocalls urging them to stand against state legislative attempts to pass stricter gun laws, including a more expansive assault weapons ban and 10-round limit for magazines.

Asked for a recording of the call, the NRA declined to provide the audio but released a statement defending the calls.

"The National Rifle Association has members, contributors, and supporters in Connecticut who expect us to do our jobs and keep them abreast of developments on the legislative front in their state," Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's director of public affairs, said in a statement about the calls. "We provide the same service for our members and supporters all around the country."

The robocalls come a little more than three months after a gunman massacred 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, in addition to shooting his mother, before killing himself.

The mass shooting has since sparked a major debate over gun control that has pitted the powerful NRA against lawmakers and gun-control advocates who want to legislate tougher firearm laws.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy addressed the letter to NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre on Monday, urging the group to remove Newtown from its call list.

"In a community that's still very much in crisis, to be making these calls opens a wound that these families are still trying hard to heal," the senators wrote.

- CNN's Ashley Killough, Steve Brusk and Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

Filed under: Chris Murphy • Connecticut • NRA • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. rs

    The NRA is simply an organization of jackels out to ensure that criminals and terrorists can buy guns in America with no difficulties. Crazy Wayne LaPierre needs to have the names of each and every first-grader who died at Newtown tatooed on his chest. If the GOP had any brains, they'd dump the NRA- and fast.

    March 25, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. bankrupt1

    nobody trusts congress anymore. on anything.

    March 25, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. bankrupt1

    watch Body of War.

    March 25, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. alf564

    What do you expect from Dumbocrats. They would see their parents to Hitler for a vote

    March 25, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. DENNA

    The NRA is out of control. I wonder how much more it will push the envelope before they finally go too far. Frankly, I am starting to be a little afraid of these people. There are millions of people in this country, but the NRA is writing policy for everyone, regardless of how you feel about handgun madness. I am not against owning a gun, but the NRA has set itself up as the only authority in this country. What? Didn't we an election? Just sayin'.

    March 25, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    What makes anyone think that the NRA give a damn about the people of Newtown? This is about money, money to pay for sponsoring a NASCAR event, money to force gun clubs into having their members join the NRA or face no support, money to buy the silence of legislators all over the country. Does anyone think they care if they offend the people at the latest site of a massacre? Of course not. Nothing like being held hostage by a lobbying group that retreats ffrom its own positions rather than get anything concrete accomplished for fear an element of their members might deem them weak.

    March 25, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    The NRA doesn't care about anything except money.

    BTW, why is it that rightwingers hate "special interest" groups "controlling" Washington, except when it comes to the NRA?

    March 25, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Joi Gibson

    That is a low blow – it is classless.

    March 25, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    They'll profess ignorance, "Oops, we didn't mean that." We should take them at their word.

    March 25, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. 1608®

    The N.R.A. Not Real. Americans ..

    March 25, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Can we just abolish the NRA? They're just a propaganda arm of the republican party under the guise of an organization which protects a narrow and archaic interpretation of the Second Amendment. They're just in it for the money and the power and they need to be brought to justice, i.e. LEGAL JUSTICE!

    March 25, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. just sayin

    lefitst democrats trying tp stomp all over free speech and the other side getting their message out. nothing new here. i hope the nra quadruples their calls.

    March 25, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    WOW! You stay classy, NRA.

    March 25, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Smarter than U

    I am a gun owner and I would NEVER join the NRA. I too get their daily robocalls CTW. THe NRA and Wayne La POS are thugs who represent the gun manufacturers, not the gun owners. 4 million people belong to the NRA. Over 115 million voted in the last election, yet the NRA has an outsized control over the GOP in Congress.

    March 25, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We provide the same service for our members and supporters all around the country."

    Is the NRA suggesting the robo calls are only going out to NRA members? And as a follow up question: ARE the robo calls only going out the NRA members?

    March 25, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Donna

    This is all the Democrat Senators from Conn. have to worry about or to do? Trying to restrict the 1st amendment rights of those trying to protect their 2nd amendment rights?! Wake up America, before you wake up to a country where you have no rights left, compliments of the "tolerant" far left liberal agenda.

    March 25, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. v_mag

    When is the NRA going to deal with the story of NRA President David Keene and his son's conviction for a road rage shooting? The guy got 10 years in jail for it, but nobody asks the NRA to explain why this nutcake kid had a gun and shot it at a motorist. How do they justify being against background checks when even the son of the NRA President is not a suitable candidate for gun ownership?

    March 25, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Name

    Micheal moore trying to show dead photos of the children to.both sides are guilty of cruel and haneous stupidity,but no liberals will call him out!

    March 25, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....and do you know why Rush Limbaugh doesn't have guest in his show? Because he's a Blowhard who can't debate the issue

    Rob Portman is now for gay marriage because he found out his son is gay....Wayne LaPierre will support Assault weapons ban when he finds out his innocent kid is a victim of gun violence!!

    It's time to crank up that blood money making machine of selling guns to retards and dim-wits...Wayne LaPierre is just about making more money...blood money!!!! He doesnt give a rats a$$ whose child is killed!!!

    March 25, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. v_mag

    We need a new organization to counteract the NRA. I suggest the NAMWA, or National Anti-Murder Weapon Association. Not anti-gun. Just against those types of guns, magazines, and ammo that are designed to kill humans in mass numbers.

    March 25, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. just sayin

    yeah, all those people in newtown are still so broken up that they are parading around the country to every event they can, including the super bowl. give me a flippin' break. the left uses these people as pawns in their anti-gun agenda. they could care less about them.

    March 25, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Pretty damn pathetic! They obviously have no feeligns what so ever. If they want to try and make these "robo calls" to everyone else in America who is willing to listen fine, but to call the Newton family victims in a few months after many innocent childrens lives were taken from them is VERY insensitive and apalling. Shame on them!

    March 25, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    lefitst democrats trying tp stomp all over free speech and the other side getting their message out. nothing new here. i hope the nra quadruples their calls.
    Part of our freedom is assuming responsibility for what we say. This is no better than the Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funerals of servicepeople: a typical hateful response from those who can't accept that freedom comes with responsibilities and limitations.

    March 25, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Trying to restrict the 1st amendment rights of those trying to protect their 2nd amendment rights?!"

    Hey, woefully undereducated Teatroll parrot, they're doing no such thing. Publicly shaming people into ceasing activities that are publicly shameful in no way, shape or form infringes upon anyone's right to free speech. There is no "state action" here just because Senators are using their access to the press to do the public shaming. Get it throuh your think, empty skulls: telling people to stop spewing offensive, ignorant, untrue and fabricated claptrap does not invoke the 1st Amendment. That ONLY has to do with the gov't actually trying to legislate a ban or limitation on free speech or otherwise using its power to silence people,ideas, etc. Two people at a podium saying "cut the crap ...what you're doing is horribly insensitive and shameful" doesn't get you to where your argument went.

    March 25, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    The only people trying to infringe on free speech are the NRA and gun nuts who would much rather see strict regulation of music and movies and video games than any regulation whatsoever of gun ownership.

    March 25, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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