After the Newtown massacre. In a statement released on Tuesday, the nation’s largest gun lobby said, “We were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown…The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.” What sort of contributions the NRA is willing to make is still unknown, though the organization said it plans to hold a major news conference on Friday.
According to polls, the NRA takes a far more radical stand defending so-called gun rights than most of its members do, including defending the right of people on the FBI Terror Watch List to buy guns, defending the right to buy guns without a background check, and defending the right to buy high capacity ammo clips like the ones used in so many previous mass shootings. But the days of the all-powerful NRA may be numbered, now that shock and anger has swept the nation following the death of twenty first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Today, the President tapped Joe Biden to lead the effort to enact new gun safety measures.
We all must get involved in this effort to better protect our nation’s kids from senseless gun violence.