NRA Promises ‘Meaningful Contributions’ to End Gun Violence in First Statement Since Newtown Shooting

The National Rifle Association released its first statement since the Newtown school shooting:

NraThe 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 group says it will be holding a press conference on December 21.

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Comments

  1. Dan E says

    Oh please. Their “meaningful contribution” will be “it’s not guns. It’s society/mental illness/hollywood/violent video games. also, if the principal/teachers/first graders had had guns, this never would have happened!!!”

  2. HM2 Matt says

    I have mixed feelings on Gun Control. I’m very much for the 2nd Amendment in that the people should be able to protect themselves from the government (that was the spirit in which it was written). Do I think the Government poses a real threat to its citizens, not really. Nor do I want uneducated half wits running around with automatics “defending themselves from the Government.”

  3. unruly says

    Timothy McVeigh protected himself from the tyranny of the Federal Government (at least from his perspective.) Are 2d Amendment nuts supporting this? Not to mention the opening clause of “a well regulated militia.” Does anyone honestly believe that all the semi-auto and automatic weapons one could possibly posses would be a defense (or worse, offense) against the US government? Have you seen our military might and how modern warfare doesn’t even need to place a soldier at your door to kill you? It’s all a poor argument that these personal weapons could fight government tyranny. in the late 1700s yes, not today.

  4. Keppler says

    We all know the kind of “meaningful contributions” the NRA is likely to bring forward in this discussion: obfuscation and obstructionism. More of their usual.

  5. Paul R says

    They say the same thing after every one of these horror stories. What changes? Nothing. They know how to do PR. This time is more pressing because it involves children. But they don’t give a crap.

  6. NY2.0 says

    Don’t count on it. The NRA is very good at playing on the irrational fears and ignorance of the conservative masses all in the name of the 2nd ammendment. The NRA has made a killing ( pun intended) in profits particularly during the era of Obama portraying the president as a charlatan with a devious agenda to take away people’s guns.

    Expect more of the same this time. The NRA will do nothing to change the status quo and everything possible to defeat any attempts at implementing sensible gun control all in the name of 2nd ammendment “freedoms.”

  7. Marc C says

    Carrot, stick. I’ll await their press conference and solutions with an open mind. But, if it does not include the curtailing of access to assault rifles and high capacity magazines they needn’t bother making a statement because we the people will.

  8. NullNaught says

    @Marc C.

    What in the world are you talking about? What do you expect we the people to do? Rise up and do away with the NRA? How? With the law? They are kicking everyone’s a$$ with the law. They are a big lobby, or haven’t you heard? With guns? You don’t know what in the world you are talking about.

  9. Lee says

    Why can’t all those “gun enthusiasts” not simply be honest and admit that they collect and shoot guns for their own personal enjoyment and because it makes them feel powerful and “more of a man”, as even those disgusting advertisments for weapons imply?

    Why all the ridiculous BS about the 2nd ammendment and “protecting yourself from the government”? Are they stupid enough to actually believe that a) in the 21st century, the US government would “attack” its own people in that way, and b) IF this ever happened, they’d be able to defend themselfs against the army with its tanks, drones and possible chemical/biological weapons, with their “civilian” guns??

    Are “gun enthusiasts” really this paranoid and/or stupid?

    And tell me how many times an armed civilian has actually stopped a massacre like the one at Sandy Hook from happening? Never, right?! And how many times has an armed civilian committed such atrocities as Sandy Hook? Plenty of times, right?!

  10. Joseph says

    The NRA is the largest and most influential domestic terrorist group in this country. They aren’t offering anything but the promise of more violence and terror.

  11. DC Arnold says

    Who cares what the Never Really American thinks? None this hand wringing was going on when black, latino or asian kids were victims. Now that it’s white kids all of sudden “we” gotta do something?

  12. Geoff says

    “Meaningful contributions”? Discount assault weapons for your 6-year old. Just in time for Christmas. A portable gun-range for each elementary school? Down-sized dirty-bombs for little fingers. Merry Christmas, NRA. There’s money to be made!!

  13. Caliban says

    Please. If the NRA had its way you swing by your local gun store and pick up a bazooka and some hand grenades, no questions asked.

    Gun sales have spiked in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. Some of it may be people who are getting a gun for the first time ever, but I’d wager my life that most of it is jerkwads adding to their arsenal.

  14. DAVID HURWITCH says

    I WOULD FAVOR SOME NEW , WELL THOUGHT GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF THESE LAWS BEING A FIRST STEP TOWARD INFRINGING ON OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. I AM NOT IF FAVOR OF ANY LEGISLATION THAT IS DONE SO WE CAN SAY WE DID SOMETHING AND IN ACTUALITY MAKES US NO SAFER.

  15. Randy says

    I realize a lot of people are very upset over everything that has happen, my heart is sadden tremendously. But those of you that attack the NRA are stupid, anger grows anger. We need to work together on this and figure something out. What really amazes me is that everyone wants to ignore the real problem. Society needs to step back and look, and wonder why life is so meaningless to more and more people.

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