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?