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NRA Makes Its First Comment after Connecticut Massacre

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On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association posted on its website its first comments on the Connecticut school shooting. The statement on the homepage of the NRA read, “The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.”

Pro-gun lobbies have been commenting this would not have happened if the teachers and the principal had big powerful guns, and anti-gun lobbies have been saying it’s time to take away guns from everyone.

The NRA’s stance until now could be summed up in the comment of NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre made to the New York Times after the mass shooting in Arizona in 2011 – “It shouldn’t be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people.”

However, there are people who believe that the right to bear arms is a part of the right to self-defense and that does not extend to owning assault rifles or weapons capable of killing large numbers of people when outside war zones – as these are typically weapons of offense.

Though the debate might rage on, in the meanwhile, President Barack Obama has called for a meaningful dialogue, clearly indicating that the line needs to be drawn. In his speech, broadcast nationwide, Obama had said, “Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year, after year, after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”

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The President admitted, “No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society … But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this.”

The NRA’s statement says, “The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

Commenting on its silence for four days following the massacre, the NRA said, “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.”

The NRA says it will hold a major news conference on Friday, December 21.

  • M.P.

    Admire the willingness to open dialogue and the strive for a safer continent of the United States. May God bless us all!!! Thank you.

  • Andrew

    How insensitive can the NRA and their supporters be. Sick people are going to commit sick acts. Supporters of these sick acts are enabling these sick people to inflict as much ghastly harm as possible by providing or supporting a mentality that is conducive to extreme detriment. No one should be permitted to possess anything more than a six-shooter hand gun. And if there were no guns available, over time, it would be near impossible for a civilian to commit mass shootings. If you, the NRA, are such good people then you should support everyone being armed with Tasers, they usually don’t kill.

  • Viktor

    I am very saddened by this event, being a loving father of 3 kids. A 7, 6 and 4 yr old. My heart goes out to those parents that lost a child and the community as a whole. Guns do make it more convienient but are not the problem. How many people/kids are killed by drunk drivers a year? Do we go after the car maker? The alchol/liquor maker? The issue falls down to the driver. If we could hit a switch and every gun ever made could disapear. I would be 100% in. But banning guns would only prevent the law abiding citizen. Criminals dont legally buy guns.

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