December 18th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

NRA 'prepared ... to help make sure this never happens again'

The National Rifle Association America has released the following statement - its first since Friday's shootings that left 20 children and six women dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut:

"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of 4 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.

"The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, D.C., area on Friday, December 21."

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  1. Tom

    You don't even know who they are, right?

    December 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      Yes we know them. They are the military wing of Republican Party.

      December 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. websbestcomicsblog

    Guess it took a few days for the NRA to try and wash all that blood off their hands before typing?

    December 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • KevinP

      The NRA did not kill anyone. One sick person did.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Well said.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeShmoe

      actually mike you are. your the obvious moron blaming an organization, 4 million people, instead of the one person who actually did it. you are not only part of the problem, but you seem to have problems as well.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Bennett

    Keep LaPierre out of it...he'll just use it for another membership drive...

    December 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Janet in Dundee, Oregon

    The NRA has been the facilitator of death for many years. The fact that they have pushed assault weapons on the populace proves this.

    All for the sake of increasing gun sales.

    In this case, they will merely wait out the firestorm that has resulted from this latest atrocity and hope things will go back to the way they prefer.

    In other words, more sales of guns and ammunition.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      It's everyone's fault but your own, isn't it?

      There's no point in debating anything with someone as ignorant as yourself.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Could not have said it better myself. Unfortunately, we have a bad habit of living in the moment in this country. That's exactly what the NRA anticipates. And again, unfortunately, they'll probably win out in the end.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaninSac

      Kelly: I find it amusing that your response displays all the ignorance that you accuse others of!

      December 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet in Dundee, Oregon


      I guess I didn't make myself clear.

      I was speaking of the 50% of the populace which owns guns. That is the segment the NRA speaks to. And the politicians, of course.

      Fortunately, I have never owned a gun nor will I ever own one.

      December 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pacifica

      Really I did not realize. Much the same as cake facilitator to the obese for years? Really get a grip women your out of your league.

      December 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chuck

    NRA is going to throw in the towel 😦

    December 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Isis, any and every gun is considered an assault weapon.... Correct?

    I believe in the right to have a gun but I also think it is ridiculous that someone can buy a gun that was the primary weapon our soldiers were given during the Vietnam War. I have a friend who owns a AK-47 and there isnt a doubt in my mind that, there is no reason to own that, not to mention any gun of the magnitude.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdfa

      You obviously don't know much about guns. 'Assault weapons' like you're talking about are no different than hunting semi-automatic rifles. They just look scary. These aren't automatic weapons we're talking about, completely different than what our military is using.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazy joe

      Who needs a semi automatic rifle? No one
      Who needs a car that goes faster than 65 mph? No one
      Who needs hi heel shoes? No one
      Who needs to consume liquor? No one
      Who neds cigarettes? No one

      If assualt rifle owners give what they don't need, will you give up what you don't need?

      December 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dana

    The NRA, national spokes-organization for Colt Industries want you to know that they care. They care to have no legislation, laws or movement to ban assault weapons (semi-automatic, automatic and designed only to kill humans). They have been told that to take away human killing guns will make the government communist. Lies to make Americans stupid, ignorant and angry. I hunt. i use a single shot shotgun, single shot .22 or single shot .45 handgun. I don't need an AR15 Bushmaster. And if you fear your government that badly go back to Europe. Or better yet, participate in the political system.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I love this post. I wish more people stood intelligently in the middle like you. You're not a gun hater, and you're not a kool-aid drinker. I love to shoot my hand guns at the gun range. I hate the people that show up with their .50 caliber guns that rattle my bones or AR's that make me pray they don't live near me. I don't think gun control is a silver bullet answer without mental health reform and citizen involvement. But I don't think we need soldier class guns in the homes of civilians to consider ourselves to be free.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandiegobeachbum

      Right on, Dana. Anyone who owns an AR or semi-automatic weapon is an idiot and pls don't give me that cra- about them being used only for hunting. No way am I buying that stupid argument. The NRA is a lousy, stinking organization which has way too much influence on the politicians. It's time for the cowardly leaders of teh NRA to do their civic duty and take a stand on gun control once and for all. I am so sick and tired of that pitiful organization doing nothing.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey

    The NRA did not kill anyone and the NRA is certainly not responsible. The NRA is made up of Members (American menbers that feel very stongly about the right to bear arms. That belief has nothing to do with evil amoung us. Evil found its way into our school as easily as we found fit to remove God. Lets put God back in our school.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • David A

      The NRA represents guns manufacturers primarily. You are either too narrow minded or stupid to realize it.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JacksonHole

      And Evil was able to easily obtain a weapon capable of killing 20 children in minutes. The NRA is to blame for that. And if you pray to God that punishes 20 innocent children to prove a point, then I dont think i want to pray to him.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobFromPA

      How in the world can you rationalize putting god and the NRA in the same paragraph.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Put God back in our schools? You seem to worship the 2nd Amendment, but don't want to uphold the 1st.
      Evil will always exist, as it does in all countries. But evil with access to military-style weaponry is unique to America among civilized nations. The time has come to change that.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      This had nothing to do with God. Now stop it!

      December 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dd

      nra are baby killers with pay for the crimes agianst child-see you in hell my friend

      December 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimInOC

      NRA is a Blood Thirsty Organization. Don't give that nonsense on right to bear arms. Nobody is taking it away..

      December 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raji the Green Witch

    NRA is going to ask it's members to adopt a school and stand guard over their adopted school. Wanna bet on it?

    December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnjon

    the NRA is obsolete.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Reply to TOM – oh yes, we know well who they are and what they stand for. We know.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bradley Olsen

    The NRA is a pawn of the gun industry. Big money!!!!!!!!!!!!! To hear NRA members say they need guns to protect themselves from the government is sickening.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Howie76

    Little Late!

    December 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ronald Pies MD

    If the NRA leadership is sincere about "mak[ing] sure this [mass shooting] never happens again...." they will cease their unconscionable opposition to even the most restrained and sensible measures to curb gun-related violence. For example, organizations as politically diverse as the American Psychiatric Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police favor prohibiting sales of semi-automatic weapons. In Australia, such regulations have greatly reduced the incidence of gun-related killing and mass shootings [see reference below]

    Ronald Pies MD

    Chapman S, Alpers P, Agho K, et al: Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths,
    firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings. Injury Prev. 2006;12:365–372.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Uribe

      Gun violence was replaced by other violent crime. At the end, no drop in violence. Check the stats.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Judge Steele

    The stupid and crass comments so far on this are indicative of why "meaningful conversations" don' t go anywhere in our country anymore.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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