Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut
March 25th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
7 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. Jinx9to88

    Well when you have so many Senators bent over the desk I guess they do whatever they want. Does NRA own stock in Vaseline, if not they should buy some. The 2014 elections are next year.

    March 25, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Jinx9to88

    I just love it when I read Repukes crap on here when they talk about rights, but they want to take away women's rights on abortion. Hypocrite alert!!!!

    March 25, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Bob

    NRA – a blood soaked, terrorist enabling anti-American bunch of loud mouths.

    March 25, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    What else would exspect from low life gop slime lobbyist like the nra ,any congressman or woman that takes donations from these losers will go down in 2014 ,the lose of death for the gop is the nra ,gop is all done in the mid terms, count on it it should have been their kids !!!!

    March 25, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    THe NRA has been on the wrong side of many gun related issues over the course of the years. Why would the support the average person to have armor piercing bullets when the police opposed it.

    March 25, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. sanity

    Who supported gay marriage first, Dick Cheney or Barack Obama?

    March 25, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Wow, the NRA calling the Newton community after the Sandy Hook massacre. The NRA leadership is absolutely disgusting.

    March 25, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Name willard bullock

    I am strong belive that nra are not terroist but parent must keep learn resposity with kids child from away drugs plots bullying game.that people loved only sport hunting and fishing

    March 25, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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