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. swrtg

    they dont need to ban guns yes restrict them with back round checks and stuff but the crime rate would sky rocket because if you tak away guns your not take them out of the hands of criminals you are taking them out of the hands of honest hard working americans why punish a whole country for what one person did

    December 18, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. NameKen robinson

    Here we go with the one sentace comments that don't lend meaningfully contribution to the issue. We as a nation have a problem that we as a nation will fix only with thoughtfull contribution. Although you may not agree with pro gun advocates these pro gun advocates are respectfull Americans who have no less of a desire to fix the problem at hand than the anti gun people. If we continue be disrespectfull it will make it harder to agree on a viable solution.

    December 18, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Fitz

    Guns don't kill people people kill people, what kills is a hard heart. The killings are a choke in parenting wether it was his broken home or desensitivity to violence learned from video games.
    Many safeguards must be put in place within schools. No matter what new gun law is now enacted their are still too many easy guns.

    A safe guard I recommend is fortifying school entrances and common areas with a designated staff member to allow admittance within the secure corridor beyond the isolated office area, similar to new Federal Penitentiaries.

    December 18, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. FruVegge

    I think we should wait a little while before making any change to the 2nd Amendment. We should not be creating changes to a law just because its the popular thing to do at the moment because of a tragedy and people what answers and yes revenge. I would say lets give our law makers a little time to create a bill that works.

    December 18, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Your Mom

    Are they going to call for the restriction of delusion and violence inducing psychological medications?

    December 18, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Hecker

    We need to focus on mental illness, seems to me people are commiting the crimes. People are dangerous not guns. God bless, prayers go out to the familes who lost loved ones.

    December 18, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. BobbyH

    Parents. Do not leave guns where kids can get to them. Especially if your kid is nuts like this nut in CT. His mother knew darn well he was nuts yet she ignored this fact and let the nut have access to her guns. She was an accessory turned victim.

    December 18, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. King Carl

    The shooting was an American tragedy, we must protect our good citizens and prevent the evil people who have guns from hurting people. We must become severe in punishments on acts of gun violence I proposed a 50 year sentence for anyone using a gun to commit a crime. We must stop these thugs who pillage our cities with weapons.

    December 18, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. pat

    The bad guys will always find a way to get a weapon either legal or illegally

    December 18, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. CBR

    The NRA's silence did not help the families. Decency was left behind a long time ago. We have had too many of these tragedies and all of us are needed to help to see that there are changes made in gun laws. The NRA needs to be the first ones at the table.

    December 18, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Mark

    PaulCat – What a lie to say that anyone would look at such a horrific event and say that.

    December 18, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    The NRA will not compromise their money-violence symbiotic relationship for the common good. That's a example of an organization that has sold its soul and lost its moral compass. The original proponents of the second ammendment would repudiate the NRA's intransigence in the face of a new reality. They have bastardized an idea to preserve freedom and turned it into a money making machine with no regard for reason, honor, common sense or common decency.

    December 18, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. john britton

    shooter was sick in the head, do you not think that with guns being unavailable the next sick person that wants to kill people wont take his vehicle and drive it over a crowded sidewalk or catch a crowd leaving a sporting event and floor it right threw the middle of them DUH there are alot more ways to cause more destruction than what happend here. My thoughts and prayers go out to these family's.

    December 18, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Larry L

    No more N.R.A. dialogue – they are well funded but morally corrupt. They do not deserve the right to participate in a meaningful discussion where all parties are assumed to be speaking in good faith. They are managed by extremists who'd rather secede from the United States than face the complexity of a modern society.

    December 18, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Eric S

    There gas been blood in the hands of this organization too long. Are they willing ti back an assault weapons ban? To limit the size of clips. It would be nice if they did but alnost anything is too little too late.

    December 18, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Connie

    It worries me that the guns used in the Newtown massacre were legally obtained. That tells me we need better gun laws. Other countries require gun buyers to state what the guns will be used for, and to prove at time intervals that the guns are being used for that purpose. If Ms. Lanza had been asked the purpose of her purchase (teaching her autistic son to use a gun) it is highly doubtful that she would have been able to purchase the weapons used in this tragedy, and perhaps 26 beautiful souls would still be with us. Just wanting a gun isn't good enough anymore. You should be required to state the purpose of the purchase, and be able to back that up with proof.

    December 18, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. Trevor in Nebraska

    It is sad to see something like this happen (the shooting). But why do responsible gun owners have to pay for a another mans wrong doings?

    December 18, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. mr.g

    Lets juss think about this people lets say that we do enforce gunlaws and ban guns so we take away peoples gun rights and we are left with nothing to defened ourselves with while the gangbangers and badguys run around with guns murdering and taking advantage of the weak cause im sure that all the bad guys are going to follow the law.........cause im sure if a bad guy knows that u are armed tat he or she is not gunna want to bother you....

    December 18, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. casper

    People will still kill people with or without guns whats next banning knives from the u.s . guns dont kill people. people kill people.

    December 18, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. Namekrtorb

    Too many hours of violent vudeo games..too much non interaction with people..too much violent tv..too much tv..mtv..
    Too much hateful rap..all contributions to the anger and downfall of our young generation..that's where the focus needs to be...more parenting and less friendting.

    December 18, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  21. Alex Campos

    I support the republican party but i cant stand the stupidity of the NRA. GOP should just leave this nonsense

    December 18, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The NRA is not really in a position to care. They have advocated for anyone to have every type of weapon out there. I don't see how they can really say anything positive without countering pervious positions.

    December 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. F117

    Eliminate the word MONEY + our gun problem is solved. These United States have become a playground- w/ real guns + real people killing anybody- anywhere!!! The whole world is watching U.S. attempt to get it right this time!@Sniffit I had a good chuckle re: the NRA + the elephant- levity when needed.

    December 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Dan5404

    Yeah NRA, and your check's in the mail. I trust them to help with gun laws like I trust Al-Queda to become our friends.

    December 18, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. dan

    Liberals are so stupid. CT. has the 5th strictest gun laws in the U.S. the guns used by the shooter were stolen he couldnt buy a gun or own a gun yet that didnt stop him. More gun laws will not work criminals dont care bout your laws. Look at mexico strictest gun laws in northern hemisphere hows that working out? And you some how think the 2nd amendment reffers to hunters or collecters it was written to protect our right to defend ourself from the government should we need to. And think about this if just one of the educators in newtown was armed and trained those 20 children would be alive today. But your gun laws saved nobody ever!

    December 18, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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