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. Lane

    When the 2nd amendment was written rifles were single-shot muzzle loaders. Pistols held 6 rounds only, and often jammed after a couple of shots. Auto- and semi-auto weapons were only an inventors vision. I have a friend who often counters with "cars kill people...swimming pools kill people...yet these are legal." Sure...but guns were designed and constructed with the express purpose of killing people...the car and swimming pool were not.

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

      You friend sounds like he is on the lower end of the intelligence scale.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC Roeder

      The advent of the 6-shooter came years after the second amendment, around 1830, maybe later

      December 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      yes, but when the 2nd amendment was created, guns still killed people.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Not to mention – swimming pools and cars are a great deal more expensive to purchase and maintain than guns, rifles, ammunition and licensure for.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DaninSac

    Wake up America and vote against any candidate whose campaign is funded or supported by the murder-loving NRA.

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

      Hmmm..."murder loving NRA...". One question for you: Are you Pro-Choice?

      December 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonesn2fish

      i guess a democrat who funds and supports abortions arent considered murderer's to you daninsac? but lawful gun owners are?

      December 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      They did vote against NRA backed candidates. Overwhelmingly.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Terry

    Wouldn't a good gun locker have prevented this? I don't own any guns so I was just wondering.

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

      Better yet, wouldn't a civilian NOT OWNING a weapon designed for military use have lessened the likelihood of this happening?

      December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunwerks

      Yes. No murder simulators could have gone a long way too.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • justabloke

      As long as he didn't have the combination or the key then yes. It would also depend on what type of safe/gun cabinet it was. If it had a glass front then no, not really.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shie

      That will be the most sensible thing to do, keep them in a locker. But you don't expect that only sensible people will be buying guns do you?

      December 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazy joe

      if you want to get your hands on a gun, you'll get your hands on a gun. you can do as much damage with a revolver and a speed loader as you can with a semi-auto firearm. the question is "Why do you want to kill people?" what is the sense in blaming inanimate objects.

      December 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sometimes a Weird USA

    I love this country, but find it really weird and strange that a bunch of politicians are held to the bidding of a group
    that can influence their re-election.

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

      NRA has clout because it's members vote. It's called Democracy.

      December 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazy joe

      Oh, so there should be term limits then right? Politicians are greedy, they enjoy the power and benefit from holding office as much as you probably would. So is it the NRA that is accountable or the politician that will do anything to retain the office at any cost?

      December 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric VDW

    Time to get real folks – the 2nd amendment was put into place to protect the citizens of this country from potential tyrannical government, foreign invaders, and to allow it's citizens to defend themselves from those who would try to do them harm. It's not about duck hunting or target practice! It's about responsible citizens arming themselves, willing to do violence to those that would harm us or our loved ones.

    Not everyone is comfortable with guns, and that's fine – there are plenty of us who train, carry, and watch out for those who cannot or are not willing to protect themselves.

    I am a father of a 4 and 6 year old and I am absolutely appalled that our media and some elected officials run and hide behind some false ideology that additional laws will somehow stop violent criminals. They don't CARE what the law is. Force is the only language they understand or respect. Force is the ONLY preventative measure we have.

    There will always be evil in this world and we need to cut the crap and openly stand up to these criminals. No way that young man runs into that school if they know there is an armed guard, "School Marshal," or armed parent or teacher inside that will end his life if he tries to carry out his horrific plan of violence.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Eric, I commend you for the end of your opinion. Schools should have at least a police officer there at all times. Maybe the NRA should kick in the money to pay for police at our children's schools to make sure this NEVER happens again.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonsense

      Well stated sir.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunwerks


      December 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwat

      We wil take the "school marshall's" pay out of your yearly income!!!!!

      You obviously are not real intelligent if you think we need assault rifles.
      Assault rifles are for well trained military personal, not the average citizen.

      Please provide 1 good reason to own one. And dont give the lame reason of "its the second amendment" because that just shows you ignorance.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwat

      Well stated Frank.
      If they want the guns let them pay for the security!!!!!

      December 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC Roeder

      Eric i am not comfortable that you have elected yourself to this position, i belive the term is Vigilante.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      That is a total mis-reading of the Second Amendment.

      try paying attention sometime so you don't look so foolish.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      Hei, you know were your whole castle of cards falls?
      It falls when you realize that Adam Lanza and all the other lunatics that did those massacres were "responsible gun owners" til they snapped, so to be honest my friend, i don't trust you one bit with a gun because for what I know you could be the next mass murderer, and I really don't care if you tell me a thousand times you wouldn't, because that is exactly what those people would've told you if you asked them before the massacre (one was even under psychiatric care, the Aurora guy), so I don't trust you with a gun as I don't trust anybody with a gun and now I have 26 more reasons to do so.....

      December 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John N

      You're asking us to get real? If a government or invaders wants to do us harm, you seriously think hand guns and assault rifles will do any good against tanks, planes and submarines? You remind me of the ones throwing rocks at tanks. Stop making lame excuses.

      December 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cloud81918

      Thanks for the great post, people need to realize that societies work because most people are good. I trust people around me everyday, you have to in a society. Everyone once a while there is a monster, if you can't deal with that you need to question if you still want to be part of society. I trust the over 47% of the Americans that decide to exercise their 2nd amendment right. I trust both gun and non-gun owners.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ohio

    America needs to change,
    Our society has a problem with violence,no doubt,
    America could well take some examples from Europe,
    1-Most small arms in the world are in America,
    2-The right will say it is a lack of God in our schools-But,look at Europe where it is far more secular and there are many more athiests,yet they still have far lower gun violence,
    3-Mentally ill people need to be screened when they are young,and then given the help they need,
    4-Background checks at gunshows.
    5-Design more guns that only the owner can unlock-(The design is there)
    6-Education Education Education!
    7-Curb video game violence.
    8-Create a stable homelife with order.
    9-Religion help,instill a respect in a child when they are young for a higher power/meaning.

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

      Religion is not the best answer.
      Look the the crusades and the sensless killings that went on there.
      And the witch hunts, and the inquistion.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bud

    Maybe the next lunatic can open fire at an NRA convention

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


      December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonsense

      So, you are against (gun) violence, yet you call for (gun) violence? nice...

      December 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • viaquest

      lol., not likely you know why? because the people at a NRA convention are armed! ....Maybe Democratic convention would be better!! we all know there's no guns there!!

      December 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 3cents

    Don;t worry NRA. This will all blow over in a few more days. Once the last person is buried, the media will move on it the next story. American will start worrying about the next American Idol singer or what Kim Kardandians. doing. I would give this story another week of coverage

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

      Give it two more weeks. There's a lot of "expert" witnesses who've been scheduled to appear.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johann1965

    I hate to be a cynic, but the NRA will not add a substantive and meaningful voice to this debate. As far as they are concerned, and all their members, these victims are the price of freedom. At all costs right? You gun toting wing nuts. This could happen again and again and again, and their fundemental (and I use that word purposefully) need to protect all gun owners, including the friggin whack jobs, will remain. I'm a gun owner, and I don't belong to the NRA. I don't want or need the ability to fire a semi auto, for any purpose.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • viaquest

      Please don't speak for those of us who are far more intelligent than you!

      December 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fred

    The NRA is just as responsible as is Adam's mother in making mass murder firearms freely available. It is time to hold responsible the owners, manufacturers, and advocates of child killing armament. We protect our innocent children clutching them to our bosom, as the gun nuts do likewise to their devices of death.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mayor of Medinah

      Adam stole the firearms from his mother. Adam committed remediated murder of his mother and 26 other as well. This makes Adam a felon and a murder.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Adam's mother was killed with her own "legal" firearms. Clearly they were not made inaccessible to a person with known mental problems. I have seen no reports of stolen weapons. Much like the drunk driver of today, there is a responsibility taken on when you elect to possess lethal weaponry. BTW 26 is the total number of souls murdered that day. If Nancy had not owned such deadly armament would there be 20 children being buried? If the government had the backbone to stand up to the NRA, would Nancy have owned such fire power? If the NRA hadn't lobbied for unchecked ownership of assault weapons, would the government have allowed Nancy to possess child killing machines?

      December 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Who should defend our 2A rights?

    Are many of you really advocating that no one should own any gun?
    History says do not give the King all the guns.
    Deal in reality.

    I will assume you are reasonable and are advocating reasonable gun control.
    So, tell us what that law would be?
    We may actually agree with you!

    The problem is, no one can come up with a law that would reasonably stop these shootings.
    All else is commentary.... emotional, punitive, and not capable of stopping what we want stopped.

    The answer is somewhere in the breakdown of society and the family unit.
    Start there. But that seems way harder to discuss and enforce, and just happens to pertain to many non-gun owners who may fear having the spot light turned inward.

    If the laws proposed do not actually have the ability to stop these shootings, then ask yourself:
    ... Why are they proposing them?

    December 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NRALies

    Crocodile tears from the NRA. Promising to join the conversation on gun control. Their past contributions watered down or eliminated restrictions. The NRA leadership has no desire to limit gun, clip or ammunition sales because they are lobbyists for the small-weapons industry.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deesnutz

      A Clip huh? Its funny how anti's know nothing about what they talk about.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    The National Republican Association ??? Really

    December 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leo818

    I am a member of the NRA, and proud to be one. I am also a teacher, parent, and CCW permit holder. What else can I do to rile you today?

    I find it interesting that so many people immediately assume the worst and start ranting about the evil NRA when they have not made their position clear yet. If such rants were about any other group, you all would be calling it hate speech

    December 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaninSac

      When they have not made their position clear yet? Are you kidding? They have made their position very, very clear for many years now, and that is that their should be absolutey no restrictions on anyone for purchasing any type of a gun for any reason! Good Lord, talk about refusing to face reality, you really take the cake!!

      December 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      "What else can I do to rile you today?"

      Eating a bullett wold be a good start.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimInOC

      NRA member? How do you sleep at night? Do you have kids? Did you wipe the blood off your hand yet?

      December 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cloud81918

      Same here Leo and I'm a parent of a child the same age as those killed. It breaks my heart to see this occur. But there are monsters in this world. If it wasn't a gun it would have been something else.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadian Observer

    Friday, Dec 21. Lot of good it will do then. That's the day the world ends.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Ha! That's funny! First time I've smiled since last Friday. Thank you!

      December 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
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