Almost immediately following the horrific elementary school shooting in Newton, Connecticut on December 14th, America began revisiting the conversation of gun control. Varying perspectives on the long standing issue were presented from the need for stricter gun control laws to the belief that the killer’s perceived mental illness, and not his weapon of choice, is to blame. One voice missing from the discussion was that of an NRA (National Rifle Association) representative.

Today, the country’s most powerful gun ownership advocacy organization released the following statement on the mass shooting:

“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. 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 is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.”

The statement is vague about what the NRA’s “meaningful contribution” will consist of and how they can ensure a tragedy like Newton never occurs again if weapons fall into the wrong hands.

Their statement comes after a firestorm of backlash following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many viewed the shooting as evidence that the NRA’s hold on lawmakers and politicians should cease.

In light of the attack, it’s hard to tell if they are genuine in their promise to “help make sure this never happens again” or if their statement is merely a public relations strategy. What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?

27 Comments

  1. @perspective: I was with you until you showed that the true intent of your post was not to lament the call to talk away a constitutionally protected right to bear arms but to take yet another opportunity to make sweeping (and illogical by definition) generalizations about women.

    To the point though, we have a right to own guns. You DO NOT EVER want to make it harder for law abiding citizens to responsibly own and access firearms. That would be horrifying. It is a precious right to own AND RESPONSIBLY OPERATE a gun.

    Ms. Lanza was a foolish to leave her guns in a place where her mentally ill (or just plain evil) son could get them. We must place blame on Adam Lanza and his mother. Were it not for their decisions the victims of Adam Lanza might be celebrating Christmas next week.

    Also, please remember: Nazi Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    People die every day for your rights. Do not GIVE them away for the sake of “safety” because you will be w/o rights and w/o safety.

    a woman with a thinking brain

  2. MISS_EMCEE

    This gun control topic is deeper. The media of course will only touch the surface value of it. Just like everything else that’s on TV.. The CIA, Cops, FEDS, and ATF purposely bring guns on the black market to make money, create civil war in American cities, help create more 1984 laws to be passed, and produce scare tactics among people. Therefore, this boy would have access regardless. I’m pretty sure he had the money to buy these guns on the black market illegally. It’s easier to get a gun then a job. It’s easier to get drugs then a education and etc. I wish people would dig deeper into subject. Too many people look at things on the surface. Regardless of the laws people will get guns. Smith and Wesson, Taurus, Cerberus Capital Management, and other companies that produce personal firearms create the black market to have that continuous revenue. I won’t even dig into it deeper. Just keeping it simple but, ya it’s more to it than gun control.

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