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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 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 last 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."

So what do you think? What should the NRA say at its press conference Friday?

Steven Norwin December 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM
California has some of the strictest gun laws in the US. For those of you who are afraid of guns then don't buy/own one. It's my God given right! For those of you who don't believe in God....That's your problem!
Thrasy Bulus December 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Seems like the "militia" is not being "well regulated" or we would not be having such problems with "the security of a free state."
Doug Strickland December 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Wow. Kevin just said something that I've never really considered before; there are a LOT of people that think there is going to be this big roundup/confiscation of guns. Like they are going to line everyone up and take them from their hands. Does anyone really think this would happen? I'm actually curious. Our government has trouble with DUI checkpoints, how on earth could we (so quickly) organize something so broad and complex? It just seems like one of those things they turn into fears to somehow influence us.
Greg Coppes December 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Interesting, very good post. The court ruled that the "militia" means the "people" at a glance that means the people should be "well regulated". As to how that pertains to "the security of a free state" is now the question I can't answer. Looks like I have some reading to do. Thanks for the input.
Patricia King December 30, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Has your town or city had one of these school slaughters? Have you seen innocent little, sweet faces smiling at you from their headstones? On those five graves are candies, toys, sodas and other favorites of the dead child placed there by family and friends. These are the results of a horrible shooting of small Southeast Asian American primary kids and their teacher. Five were killed and 29 wounded and maimed just having lunch on their playground. Look up the Cleveland Elementary School murders in Stockton, CA in 1989. The same sort of killer, assault weapon, illegal purchase in OR. And suicide. That was 24 years ago next month. When will it ever end?

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