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article imageNRA, after being silent, speaks out about the Newtown Tragedy

By Can Tran     Dec 18, 2012 in World
After being silent for a few days after the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the NRA broke its silence and said that it was saddened with what happened. It plans to hold a press conference on December 21.

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In what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where almost 30 people died with most of the casualties being children between 5 to 10 years of age, there has been much national and international outcry. It has brought up the gun control debate and so forth. Members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other law-abiding gun owners have found themselves as the major scapegoat and so forth of finger-pointing. Ever since the shooting happened, the NRA has been silent. Hours after the shooting happened, the NRA canceled its “Tweet & Greet” country music concert. Also, it had taken down its Facebook page. For the most part, the NRA had been painted as villains. Yesterday, gun control activists marched towards and demonstrated in front of the NRA offices in Capitol Hill.
While other pro-gun advocates spoke out in defense, the NRA still remained silent. Andrei Nikitchyuk, a parent of one of the students that escaped the violence, spoke at a press conference hosted by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Nikitchyuk had this message for the NRA: “return this country their kids.”
Fox News reports, according to sources, the NRA was going to “push back.” This would be in response to the gun-control lobby which was resurrected as a result of Sandy Hook. Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Chuck Schumer of New York, respectively when speaking on “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” on Sunday, talked about introducing new gun control legislation. Feinstein said that it would be introduced on the first day of the convening of the 113th United States Congress.
According to the source who works in the guns industry, in the Fox News article, talked about the 1st Amendment in regards to movies and video games.
The NRA responded; but, not in regards to the talks of new gun control legislation. Instead, the organization addressed what happened at Sandy Hook. The group released a statement saying that the NRA is made up of four million moms, dads, sons, and daughters. It said that the members were shocked and saddened with what happened in Newtown and prepared to offer meaningful contributions to make sure that such a tragedy does not happen again.
This Friday, on December 21, the NRA plans to hold a news conference. The organization called the shootings horrific and senseless.
While the statement is brief, this is the first time the NRA had actually came out since the Sandy Hook shootings happened. It is unknown what the NRA is going to say at the press conference.
Debra Maggart spoke in a video interview with HuffPost Live today and spoke about the NRA. She was the chair of the Republican caucus in the Tennessee State House of Representatives. Maggart, when speaking, talked about how she got “bullied” by the NRA for not supporting this bill. The bill would allow for people to keep guns locked inside cars. Despite not giving her support, Maggart got a high rating from the group.
She explains that for declining to support the bill, the NRA spent a little over $150K in ads to tie her with United States President Barack Obama who is the Democratic incumbent. Despite that, Maggart is still a lifetime member of the NRA.
Joe Scarborough, a contributor for MSNBC, talked on Monday about changing his views on gun control. Today, Scarborough talked about his upbringing and being around hunters and hunting weapons. When talking, Scarborough said along with hunting acquaintances saying that such weapons like assault rifles are not part of their culture. He also called upon the Republican Party to change its stance on guns or it will lose in the future. Scarborough, who leans towards the conservative end of the spectrum, said that if the GOP defends such weapons it will lose in future elections.
There are the 2014 US Elections for state governors, state senators, state representatives, US Senators, and US Representatives coming up. With what happened at Sandy Hook, guns will most likely become a debate topic.
Earlier today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would support efforts of putting back the assault weapons ban. Also, Carney said that Obama favors laws to close the “loophole” of gun shows.
Former Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York, in an article on Slate, talked about how the public needs to target the owners of gun companies. He specifically named Cerberus Capital which is a private-equity firm that is worth billions of dollars. In the article, Spitzer talked about how Cerberus Capital owns Freedom Group which is a bundling of several top gun making companies.
Earlier today, Cerberus Capital announced plans to sell its stake in Bushmaster. The company announced that it couldn't comprehend the losses suffered by family and friends of the victims. It explained that what happened at Sandy Hook elevated the debate to a very major level.
Spitzer gave his response with another article. He explained that one shouldn't be surprised at what Cerberus just announced. In the article, Spitzer writes this: “ownership matters.” He said that “ownership” can be more powerful than regulation. With that said, if you place enough public shame and pressure on those companies, things can happen.
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