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. penguin

    The NRA says it is "shocked" and "saddened". It left out "responsible". It seems those who worship guns are the same ones who worship the bible. Most are incapable of rational thought.

    December 18, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. L Hamilton

    There has to be a middleground where common reason
    tempered by law and order will prevail. We can not
    become a society of vigilante justice. We must
    remember that if you outlaw guns only outlaws will
    have guns. Young people under 18 should be censured
    and not allowed to have violent or pornographic videos,
    video games, music, movies, or shows. Children under
    18 should not have access or possession of firearms.

    December 19, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. Gurmeet

    The NRAs lack of an early response shows that it was unaffected by the school shooting. How much effort would it have taken to say that up front.

    I am also taken aback by the number of guns in the US. This great nation that leads the world on freedom of a speach; a nation whose a citizens generally shed tears when the national anthem is sung; a nation which polices the world – has citizens that do not trust thief own elected democratic officials; show lack of trust of their own police forces and law systems and most important of all live in extreme fear that the need to arm themselves with military grade weapons.

    People Rambo belongs on the movies!

    People 11000 murders in the states. Even the Taliban have not murdered that many people a year!

    December 19, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  4. daniel

    Some times I feel that this crazy NRA has grown so big hiding behind the 2nd, I don't think even the government can stop them. Obama we elected you to make hard and important decisions which makes our citzens life a little better than yesterday, and I am very confident that you will do that

    December 19, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  5. Rogue351

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    How did we get so far past the actual words of the second amendment ? How have we let the NRA distort our constitution so badly over the years. It is insane to think the people who so carefully crafted these words would be ok with companies making billions of dollars selling obscene numbers guns that are then used against the most innocent part of our population. No place does it say what the "arms" actually are, how many shots they fire, how much they cost, how powerful they can be, etc. That was left up to interpretation based on common sense. Legally everyone can own a flint lock rifle that fires a single shot and takes a couple of MINUTES to reload, a weapon of the times. Not an assault rifle or pistol that fires 100 rounds in under 10 seconds. Common sense people. You the voters have let the people interpreting these documents take far to many liberties while letting big business pushing money in their direction. If the word we the people means anything, at the very least we reset the laws to include the weapons of the times the document was written. Until such time we can try again to bring sanity and not money back into this discussion. Reset the laws of this part of the constitution ! Maybe the second time around we can get them right because it is 100% certain we did not get it write the first time around.

    December 19, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  6. Scott

    Interesting to think about: has the NRA ever released data on how many of these mass murdering wack jobs have been NRA members? Seems like they would be but jeeze, as soon as a good american simply excersing his god given right to own assult weapons with high capacity clips actually uses one to kill people the NRA uses them to show why we all need guns. Messed up!

    December 19, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  7. Frank

    Waste of time and money passing any legislation, they can pass them until we are all blue in the face. These things will happen and making them illegal will only make the black market stronger. It is unfortunate that it happened but the fact still remains 9 out of 10 armed crimes occur with an illegal weapon, it's not the legal ones they have to go after it's the illegal ones.

    December 19, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  8. Name DS

    Just another lobby with lots of money that politicians want. Time to confront and stand up to them. Pres Obama needs to show leadership soon before more innocent kids find themselves in harm's way.

    December 19, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  9. Bigman

    All you cry baby liberals who want guns taken away from those who do right will be the first to cry foul when no one is able to help you in a time of need. grow a pair and man up.

    December 19, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. Pippa

    NRA is shocked??? I know people who own guns and I Don't Trust Them Not To Use Their Guns In Anger.
    Why Should I Trust NRA's Good Judgment?

    December 19, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  11. Name Sandra

    The NRA only has power if the people of America give it power....it can spend all the money it wants lobbying it's positions, but the fact of the matter is, this time is different....gun control is about to get a whole lot stricter. Nobody needs assault weapons to hunt with or protect their home; nobody needs hand guns. It's time to stop living scared, and start living smart. Worried about the bad guys still having these weapons, quit selling the bullets.

    December 19, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  12. sivispacem

    Why is it that arming civilians even if they have training and are taught to properly use a firearm should such a tragic event occur a bad idea. Cops stands for (citizens on patrol) there are much better civilian shooters than there are police do not buy into the idea that only military and police can shoot effectivly. Do not buy into the idea that the police can save you all the time. I dont care what anyone says. Any one of those parents of those children would give anything in the world right now, to been able to have been in that school with a handgun just to see if they could have saved their child. DO NOT BE SHEEP. The goverment cant balance a check book much less keep us safe all the time. Our military with all its might and technology still suffers casualties against third world militas.

    December 19, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  13. Name Chris

    My heartfelt apologies go out to the families back east of these traumatic shootings. However I feel that stricter gun laws are not going to prevent future incidents. The right to bear arms is the second amendment and that's apart of being a us citizen. What we need is stricter laws on parents who don't have there weapons properly locked up and Secure that allows access to these weapons. This British ass on CNN needs to understand its not gun control or gun laws at fault it's parents not installing proper gun behavior in there kids such as safety. And also families with children That have special needs should be more in depth with gun safety. Pierce Morgan doesn't understand the right to own weapons or the second amendment

    December 19, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  14. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    4million gun freaks,members of the nra crook lobbyist org like the slob grover nitwitquest don't speak for 300million American voters if it was their children they might have a different opinion and that applies to the bought off crook congress losers who should be in jail !!!!

    December 19, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  15. greymatterpart1

    Car owners have to have personal insurance incase of accidents, age, etc. Why not gun owners? The younger you are the higher the rate; more guns = higher rate; the speed of reloading = higher rate; fewer number of hours training in gun safety = higher rate.

    This doesn't restrict the right to own a gun which I think would be problematic not because of the 2nd amendment but because restricting gun ownership could open the door (not slippery slope but still not great) to legislation that could prohibit or restrict ownership of other things (imagine a restriction on birthcontrol!). However. it would hammer in how dangerous it is to own a gun.

    December 19, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  16. No Party Patriot

    They're so shocked they are sending out extra emails and mail to their members asking for money to support more pro gun laws and candidates, same bs they always do.

    December 19, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  17. James Spencer

    Parents that don't teach, or love their children the way it was intended to be is the start of the issue. Fathers that trample off and yoke our women with there duties, overload moms & children to the breaking point. We worship regulations,not our God. More guards? More laws? NO! More parents being honorable. More family. An economy that will let our mothers stay home and spoil our kids with a feeling of security. Lonely people hurt. A gun is a tool. Not a loud speaker for help.

    December 19, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  18. World Peace

    Get these Gun Oil Puppets out of Congress, American will be a peaceful a nation. Period!!

    December 19, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  19. stevie

    Why is there a tax on Ammunitions?
    Also there needs to regulations on the amount on ammunitions that can be purchased at a time.
    Also a recycled casing that must be exchanged for more ammunition

    December 19, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  20. walabee

    GOP is all about guns and religions.
    Allow more guns and if you die from it
    Then tell them that God did it.

    December 19, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  21. JSinNY

    Listen people yes what happened is tragic and should not have happened, however adding more gun control is an emotional overreaction. Anyone that followes the news and has been paying attention over the last two has heard atleast 4-5 stories out of China (where no one has guns other than police and military) where young children in schools have been attacked and killed in their classrooms by deranged individuals wielding knifes. Maybe instead of making it more difficult to buy a firearm we should be talking about making it easier to get mental health for these disturbed individuals, to punish the masses for the actions of a small few is unamerican and unconstitutional

    December 19, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  22. Chris

    The NRA consists of only 1.5 % of the population – yet for decades now they have completely dictated the agenda regarding guns for the entire country. I'm sick of lobbyists having so much power and control.

    December 19, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  23. why

    Cecil one lightly armed guard would have become another casualty. The shooter seemed to have body armor and he definitely was armed better and id bet he was better prepared. We need rational limits on guns, stricter enforcement of existing laws. We also need a better path and better intervention methods plus better facilities to deal with people whom have mental issues. I'm learning Parents are easily overwhelmed and they might not have an unbiased opinion of what needs to be done.

    December 19, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  24. superbole

    The actions taken by this organization and its members will determine the tone of the 'gun control' debate from here on; that is to say, it is our battle to win or lose.

    December 19, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  25. superbole

    It will be the actions of the NRA and its members that will determine the tone of the 'gun control' debate; that is to say, they can either win or lose this one right here.

    December 19, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
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