NRA makes first statement following CT school shooting
December 18th, 2012
04:38 PM ET
10 years 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. Marie MD

    A week after the shooting of babies with a semi automatic weapon? Some of those kids were shot 11 times!!!
    Please save your crocodile tears and wishes to the families and go back in your bunker.
    You will NEVER say or do anything to make this tragedy and so many others better.
    Your twisted view of right to bear arms needs to be fixed ASAP.
    How many 4H kids has the nra recruited this past week? Hypocrites!!!

    December 19, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  2. Darrin

    This was a disgusting and attrocious moment in human history.. What drives people to commit such an attrocity and take the lives of innocent kids has me at a loss.. However I notice that when a tragedy such as this happens, people are so quick to beat the NRA over the head, while ignoring the real issue. I own several guns, and Im not out planning my co-workers demise. What if this had been a bomb planting or some other senseless destructive act? I understand the overwhelming emotion.. the hate, the fear, the sadness.. its gutwrenching. And with that we feel the need to place the blame somewhere. In this case guns were involved, so the NRA is the responsible party. I admit that better gun legislation would be a good thing, but this terrible tragedy wasnt the fault of poor legislation or the evil NRA. We need to look into what causes a person to step into such a dark place where they would commit such a hanness act. Theres social and economic problems sweeping through our cities, depression, anxiety medication at an all time high.. Guns are everywhere and with or without better legislation, if you are set on causing misery and destruction, youll find a way. Theres bigger forces at work here than legislation and the “evil” NRA.

    December 19, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  3. dafuq

    Only crazy people want or need guns

    December 19, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  4. Danile6

    In their dash to "do something" I suspect the progressives will botch this one too-Let's "Jail" the guns eh? Many of the states with the strictest gun control laws are the worst offenders–Like the presidents state of Illinois. It's PEOPLE--not objects that commit these heinous acts. When the family unit was stronger and people went to church-you did not see this so much-should that be looked at??

    December 19, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  5. Brenda

    You guys are some piece of work...."the majority of Americans have never seen a crimina with a gun"...I can guarantee you when you do (notice the when not if) you will wish YOU HAD A GUN. to protect yourself! Cars kill way more people than guns...Doctors kill way more people than guns....and for that matter so do animals....Do you want to outlaw all of those things too? It was horrible what happened but a gun didnt drive across town and do it....PERIOd

    December 19, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  6. Name

    Why are we focusing on registered guns owners? These people have followed the rules. Focusing on them will not solve the problem. Instead we should be more focused on metal doors that are locked, metal detectors and teachers who are armed. Metal detectors should also be placed in theaters, malls and events where large crowds will be. If they want our business a small potion can be cut from their profits to have them installed. Taking guns from responsible owners does not make us safer when there are illegal guns and terrorists in our country.

    December 19, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  7. Darrin

    A couple of the above comments talk about us Americans killing eachother and how we need to take away ALL of our guns.. Thats a frightening thing.. making guns illegal.. because once theyre out of the hands of Mr. Law abiding citizen, whos gonna be left? The criminals and the ones who already get their guns illegally. Mr. Law abiding citizen just put a welcome mat on his doorstep for anyone who may like what he has. Take away the guns, and youll just see new and interesting ways for those same people to kill eachother. Guns dont kill people, people kill people. Again, this is a terrible, unthinkable tragedy.. but instead of focusing on the instrument, we need to find out what made this young man do what he did. Thats the first step in trying to prevent another person from doing this in the future.

    December 19, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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