NRA makes post-Newtown statement, sets Friday press conference

Just in:

Full statement:

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.

They’re damned if they do speak up and damned if they don’t.

Here’s a good question:



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  • JerseyJoe

    “to help make sure this never happens again…” Neither the NRA, or anyone else, could make such a promise. Someone should have read that statement back to themselves, before making it public.

    • almarquardt

      I thought the same thing.

  • Michael Hampton

    So they are going to give some of the billions of dollars that they spend lobbying congress to keep machine guns in private citizens hands to buy some flowers? How thoughtful.

    • JeannieJ

      Michael, why are you here? Your attitude and snide comments haven’t, to my reckoning, brought anything positive or worthwhile to the discussion, so I repeat. Why are you here?

      Every comment you bring forth is filled with vitriol, anger, hate and fear. You don’t agree with anyone, we get that. But what you spread is beyond disagreement. It’s pure and utter hate, and frankly, I don’t get that. You infect others here with your demeanor, then sit back and want to play the victim. What is the pathology within you that you need this?

      When Conservatives and the NRA didn’t jump on the bandwagon to politicize the tragedy in CT, and didn’t respond immediately to the anti-gun agenda, we’re painted as heartless, evil, vicious. We kept stating over, and over, and over, that we felt it indecent to have that discussion with emotions so raw and the country still reeling from the actions of *one man*. We had respect for and empathy for the feelings of the families who lost loved ones.

      Now that the NRA has spoken with sympathy and dignity, you can’t wait to vilify us. Yes, I’m an NRA member. I’m a 50 year old grandmother. I’m wife to a Parkinson’s patient. I’m his caregiver. After taking all the hits the economy dealt, we downsized and live in a less-than-stellar neighborhood. We bought a handgun after a lunatic barged into an ice cream parlor two blocks from us wielding a sword and tried to kill the two young people running the store. We bought our gun with very clear thought to protecting ourselves–and our neighbors. We bought a gun that lessened the possibility of over-penetration because we live in a condo and care about our neighbors. If God forbid, we had to fire our weapon, we wanted to decrease the likelihood that the ammunition would penetrate into their units. We both were raised in an era of caring but also of self-sufficiency. We both know gun safety and practice it faithfully. Neither are mentally ill, neither are hot-headed, neither are a threat, and I think we’re pretty representative of NRA members. So why the hate?

      What is it in you that cries out to be so ugly here, so vindictive and hateful? How can any of us reach out to you, make your life or your circumstance better so that you don’t feel it necessary to be so incredibly hate-filled? You’re bitter and angry. We get that. Why?

      • Dan Thorpe

        I applaud you. You can’t have a logical discussion with some liberals because they are void of logic. In there opinion they are right and you are wrong.

        • JeannieJ

          Thanks Dan. I genuinely hoped to give Michael pause for reflection and thought. I’d genuinely like to know if there’s something that could help him, not to agree with us, but to disagree without being so angry and bitter and hateful.

        • almarquardt

          I second that applause.

      • therantinggeek


      • mdtljt

        Splendidly eloquent…

    • Joe W.

      AIDS kills more of you fairies than gun violence, Cupcake. Let’s ban homosexuals, deal??.

  • mahvros

    To the liberal nut jobs.go abort your babies..oh wait never mind you already do that.i salute the#NRA showing class.

  • $24414377

    Why is it the same lunatics denigrating the NRA are the same ones screaming about protecting a womans right to abortion after 40+ million dead?

    …and silent on the high death rates, often by guns, for mainly blacks in Chicago and DC?

    …and silent on Obama running guns to drug cartels resulting in hundreds of dead Mexican civilians and 2 federal law officers?


    • Joe W.

      They are the same bleeding hearts that have an issue with capital punishment. We must protect the life of the murderer, yet we are free to kill the unborn. That’s “progressive” America….2012….And it sucks…

    • carla5731

      It’s also been three years since Nidal Hasan killed 13 of his fellow
      soldiers in a premeditated act of terrorism at Fort Hood. You’d think
      that someone in Washington would be concerned about expediting his trial
      and finally bringing him to justice, but…nope. It’s easier for them to
      get all worked up about the NRA’s law-abiding members than to face up to a real criminal like Hasan.

      • Fire and Adjust!

        They have to finish arguing over whether or not to force Hasan to shave before he goes to trial and whether or not that will infringe on any of his rights……………. that is apparently more important than the swift execution of justice…….

      • Joe W.

        Nah….that was just “workplace violence”….no big deal…..

  • Justin Jurek

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • dkhilly

    Curious what contribution they’re thinking of; training for school security guards?

  • LC

    I wonder why the psychiatric world isn’t on trial?

  • People Corporation

    Kershaw woman ‘brutally murdered’ with baseball bat, how long will the American Baseball League stay silent!

  • People Corporation

    Kershaw woman ‘brutally murdered’ with baseball bat, how long will the American Baseball League stay silent!

  • Thomas Collins

    Public schools are obviously dangerous places. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.