NRA makes first statement following CT school shooting
December 18th, 2012
04:38 PM ET
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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. PaulCat

    The NRA is prepared to say: The shooter was just standing his ground.

    December 18, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. CommonSense 12

    It's a shame that we have to have a tragedy happen before coming together to change laws....less regulations seems to equal more crime/problems in the country! Example, Prayer out of school, banking, housing market, oil & gas markets, drilling, electric companies, and the list goes on....(especially during the Bush years)

    December 18, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. GetReal

    Lee Collins – Careful what you wish for. If the NRA followed your advice, they would ensure that a token % of people be enrolled into mental institutions, just to pacify folks like you. Then, the NRA could continue their promotion of weaponry.
    Most gun heads I know are already borderline paranoid, thinking they need guns to protect themselves from our own government.
    I don't own guns nor want one. But, I also understand that a gun is an inanimate object, with no will of its own. It protects and/or murders, depending upon whose hands it is in. You obviously acknowledge that, too.
    So, I think we need to address the violence within our society, starting from childhood. Treat the madness before it manifests itself in violence. We need to guide our children away from violent computer games, TV shows, Internet, movies, etc, etc.
    Freedom is not about being irresponsible. Power over others is not sustainable through force.
    We have become a misguided society that needs some serious course corrections.

    December 18, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Paul Ernest Show

    Tired of our atmospherical approach to problems, and the naivete to dealing with issues. First, I hope the rest of us learn a lesson as the kind of hobby to teach your loved ones when they are mentally challenged. Though a Democrat, I don't see how background and tighter gun control could have helped in the last four deadly shootings. We should not be worried about people with criminal backgrounds but folks with mental issues. In a society like us, it is so easy to have something on your background. With selective prosecution abound, using backgrounds as criterion do not necessarily determine who would commit crimes. The answer is a complex one. And one America should holistically address.

    December 18, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. rs

    "shocked, saddened and heartbroken"

    No, they aren't. Their inability to see the folly of the course they have set on gun laws (or lack thereof) demonstrates they still put profit ahead of dead children. The NRA is beneath contempt.

    When they agree on the assualt weapons ban, licensing registration and thorough background checks (including medical), I'll believe them. For now though those are crocodile tears.

    December 18, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Rosslaw- Nonsense- Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    December 18, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. AC

    It's interesting that the gun grabbers showed no such respect fof the victims and families.

    December 18, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "Define "meaningful contributions" please."

    Continuing to advocate for people to legally purchase guns at gun shows. No identification. No idea who is buying the gun. No real care what happens after the gun is sold.

    December 18, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Don W.

    The NRA needs to stop getting in the way; the blood of the victims in Ct, WI , CO, and everytown in the USA is on their hands for sucessfully shutting down the laws that would have kept guns from ketting in the hands of mass murderers.

    December 18, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. The Elephant in the Room

    I hope that a few of the parents of those SIX year-olds will allow the use of their children`s images and recorded voices in TEN YEARS worth of public service announcements that put pressure on the NRA, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Glock, etc. These ads would serve to keep the horrific carnage fresh enough to keep the public engaged long enough to meaningfully curtail America`s gun culture.

    I hope someone reaches out to surviors of Columbine, VaTech, etc. and asks them to participate in same. We lost a little NINE year-old in the Giffords shooting, if I remember correctly. I hope her parents might do an ad that says if action had been taken after her death, these 20 children wouldn`t have died. Who cares about "fighting fair". Use these testimonials to embarass the NRA into submission.

    December 18, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Ed

    I am a NRA Life Member since 1977. I am sick about the killing of the children and others recently. I am also sick about the media twisting facts regarding gun usage in the USA and saying inadequate laws exist. The killer broke 4 laws before he opened the school doors. Murder of his mother, theft, a minor possessing handguns (2 of them), carrying firearms onto school property. There is a number 5, but I am not familiar with the details, but I will list it anyway.....Connecticut already has a ban on "assault weapons." People need to take a deep breath (after we wipe away our tears), stop gfollowing sensationalist media events and opinions. Did anybody notice Mr. Obama made it a point to hold his initial conference in the Brady room? I am a father of two and my heaert crties for the parents of the victims.

    December 18, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. elijah4scuteri

    What happened in Connecticut is a prime example of gun control. He wasn't allowed to purchase the firearms (He was refused at Dick's sporting goods). He is not allowed to carry or own or even transport a firearm in his car, except for the very first time moving to Connecticut where it can be transported from the car to the home, only once. One cannot even take the firearm (Locked and Unloaded) to a range via transportation. It is only after taking an approved NRA certified safety course, that one can even bring a home gun to the range. NOTE: HE DID NOT FOLLOW ANY OF THESE RULES IN PLACE. He broke them. He was a criminal. He was mentally ill. What does any ban on guns do to prevent this. So what? His mom took him to the shooting range? What? He was mentally unstable and she took him there? What? wow. Sad.

    December 18, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Name Abel

    They will save face sounding reasonable but soon will revert to their intolerant, anti-social ways.

    December 18, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Dan

    Nice, the NRA is going to is the NRA and Obama going to stop bad parenting and all psychological disorders? Because that is the real cause of this massacre.
    Maybe increase the cost of bullets. $100 each = less murders

    December 18, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. fernace

    The NRA may be convenient to blame & they do hold some, but a large number of Americans feel owning guns is their right, per the constitution! I seriously doubt the NRA would have the clout they do, w/out peoples support! However, how many times do we have to hear that some1 shot some1 else for some infraction, at a nightclub? Or a neighbor squabble turns deadly because 1 had a gun & was mad enough to use it? Anger, Alcohol & Guns can turn otherwise lawabiding citizens into people who want to take the law into their own hands, which turns them into criminals! There's a reason we have trained professionals, aka police & they need to be available for real emergencies, not stuff that would never have happened if 1 person wasn't a po'd legal gunowner! Why is it so easy to own a deadly weapon? Equating it to cars & knives, which are not weapons, but can cause harm, is stupid! Guns are made for killing, not driving to the mall or cutting a sirloin! We need a serious discussion, USA!!

    December 18, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Namekenwood

    Guns don't shoot themselves. It could have been a car mowing down someone a mother drowning her kids we cannot let some mental patient give this govmnt try to take our constitutional rights away any further maybe if he thought the teachers could carry hen he might have not went to the school.

    December 18, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. chris j

    with all the mass shootings around and people geting killed, it seams no place is safe. the rise of all thies terrable acts always get people talking gun controll. the anti gun people say all guns are bad and want tighter restrictions. the people pro gun seam content to just hold off the anti gun prople. the citizens of this country need to WAKE UP!! no one can predict or prevent someone that decides to do the terrable things like killing people. out government can not do it eather. gun controll only controlls the people that obey the laws. if someone wants to get a gun and use it they will find a way, there is no restriction of guns or bans that will prevent it. look at the drug problems in america. illeagal drugs are fully ban, but yet if someone wants it they will get it, and guns are no different. ease gun controll, provide more training on rights and being a safe gun owner. allow ALL citizens to be armed EVERYWHERE. the true solution to all of this is to NOT BE A VICTIM. in all of the mass shootings around this country preventing citizens to be armed did nothing to prevent or stop them. but if citizens were armed then it to would not be able to prevent a mass shooting, but it could be a tool to reduce the number of victims. with armed citizens it would slow the criminals and needless killing, for them to know that the citizen that they are trying to make thier victim is armed and refuses to be a made a victim.

    December 18, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Andrew Shapiro

    While some have joked about how the NRA would like to arm our school personnel with guns, Actually, the NRA should fully fund the provisioning and training of every teacher, administrator and school janitor in America with non-lethal MACE that would effectively disable any assailant from harming our children ever again.

    December 18, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Daniel Grove

    The NRA is not nearly as powerful as they'll have you believe. If Karl Rove couldn't buy various elections with $150 million, the NRA sure can't with $17 million. Amazingly so many politicians will do and say anything to get their meaningless 'A' rating. They now to this extreme lobby while selling out and putting their constituents in danger. Not just sad, pathetic.

    December 18, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. tricia from barbadso very hurtful

    Very hurtful n sad.ȋ̊ have kids n it really hit home

    December 18, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Name Kevin

    I write this with a heavy heart goes out the the victims of the Newtown school shootings. What happened is absolutely heart breaking. My thoughts and prayers go out the victims and their famlies.
    My thought on gun control and this situation: First off, why did the school staff allow entry of this person who was dressed in camoflauge? My first thought would have been to question his being there. We as citizens need to be on high alert. When we see something out of the ordinary, call the police. Question it. That's why they are there, we pay for their service.
    My thoughts on the gun control this horrible situation has stirred up. As a father, a gun owner, and a law biding citizen, to take away more of my rights is not the answer. We as a country can not let the bad guys be the only ones with guns, who often acquire firearms illegaly. The laws in place allow honest, law biding citizens to own firearms. Those firearms are sold with strict rules and the identification of each individual pistol, rifle, or "assault style" weapon, and who purchases them are registered at numerous levels from creation to sale. Two points to be made here. 1st, the owner of the weapons should be held responsible for the use of any firearm in a criminal situation. This being said, I understand the shooters mother was the legal owner of the guns. 2nd, if we start banning certian types of firearms (i.e. assault rifles) then we should also start banning other things that can do harm in the wrong hands. For instance, who needs a car, or motorcycle that can do more than the posted speed limit?

    All in all, I think we as a people need not be hasty. We are strong, and we will get past this. Let's be rational. There are millions of legal responsible gun owners in this country. A despicable act by one despicable, deranged individual, is going to take the rights of millions away?

    December 18, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. pburkart

    This issue is not just a gun issue. It's a culture of violence issue.

    First Person Shooter games
    Violence on TV & Movies & Internet
    Parents not properly restricting access to violent material
    Easy access to guns
    Gun culture being paramount
    Access to "Military Grade" guns

    Unless all of the above is addressed, these types of incidents will continue to happen...

    December 18, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. joeylightning

    Banks have armed guards and armored cars to protect money. Schools protect kids with crossing guards and flashlights? On 911 thugs without a single gun or bullet murdered 3,000 people. Our response, lock the cock pit and arm the pilots. The answer is crystal clear-logic should win over emotion.

    December 18, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. rosethornne

    "shocked, saddened,and heartbroken" ..... LIE!!

    December 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Canuck

    "Americans...real NOT give up their rights or their guns to a socialist dictator."

    You won't have to – apparently you are unaware that your country is run by a centrist Democrat. I won't even bother asking for your definition of a 'real American' – I think can imagine....

    December 18, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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