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After Newtown, NRA Ready to Make 'Meaningful Contributions'

Virginia-headquartered group issues statement about preventing future tragedies after shooting that killed 28, including the gunman, in Connecticut.

 

After days of silence, the National Rifle Association, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia has released a statement on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

In the release, the organization begins to explain its silence, saying: "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."

Critics had called out the group in the days following the shooting: As citizens and legislators began to fall on either side of a debate about what, if at all, should be done about gun laws, many wondered why the group was absent from the conversation.

The organization released its statement Tuesday to the press

The organization announced it will hold a press conference Friday in Washington, D.C. 

More details on Friday's press conference will be released when timing is deemed "appropriate," according to the statement.

The statement comes after President Barack Obama said he wanted to tighten gun laws in light of Friday's shootings.

On Northern California Patch pages, readers have debated the issue of gun control laws since the incident occurred.

Early Saturday morning, a Patch reader named Joellen wrote: "Gun control will only work for citizens that follow the rules & observe the laws. If people want to kill they will find a way to get an illegal gun. Just because you set gun control doesn't mean it will be obeyed by criminals."

Reader wolfone wrote: "We need gun control and licensing and high tax on Ammo. Also ban clips over 9 rounds & assault rifles. Gun shows need to be outlawed."

And Patch reader Mike wrote: "There are several millions of people in the USA who legally own firearms and offer up no threat to the safety of anyone. In the overwelming majority of cases where criminal acts are committed (even this one) the suspect is not in legal possession of the firearm. So, what people need to understand is that criminals and people with malicious intent do not care about the law (that is why we have the word OUTLAW), and it is unrealistic to believe that anyone will be able to create a "gun free society".

Jo Tog December 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I am a NRA member and I have never terrorized anyone.
Susan December 21, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I should hope not, Jo Tog. And as an active member, I implore you to join the membership chorus that supports a ban on assault weapons. The NRA leadership is another story all together. George H. W. Bush resigned his membership after they called ATF agents "jackbooted thugs" who harass gun owners. Fact: The NRA used to be a responsible and well respected organization until they were taken over by craven gun and ammunition manufacturers that line their pockets with blood money by spreading fear and paranoia.
Frank Geefay December 22, 2012 at 09:32 AM
It appears that the NRA’s official solution to mass gun shootings in schools is to arm teachers with guns so that they can defend themselves and shoot back at mass killers as will has have police patrol all schools all the time. In a way this seems to make sense until you think about it more carefully. First of all these mass killers almost always kill themselves so armed teachers are not going to be a deterrent for a person determined to die. It also appears that these mass killers are extremely well armed and very well prepared. They are quite proficient with the use of guns and intent upon killing indiscriminately. Teachers on the other hand will usually not be as well prepared and as proficient at using the gun they are supplied. They are as likely to shoot and kill a student or another teacher as they are the person trying to kill them. How will a teacher explain to a grieving parent of a student they killed that it was an accident? How will a teacher live with such blood on their hands after accidentally killing a young student they were just teaching? Can the NRA say that this won’t happen? With school budgets being so tight how can schools afford to pay police to patrol school campuses without taking away money needed for teaching students? How realistic is this? The solutions proposed by the NRA are both dangerous and unrealistic. Is this the best they could come up with, exposing young students with more guns on campus?
Frank Geefay December 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
No. I'm talking about gun loving Americans like members of the NRA.
Charles March 27, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Colorado school district votes to allow principal and superintendent to carry guns in schools... http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/03/26/us/ap-us-guns-in-schools.html?hp&_r=1&

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