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Chris Murphy Calls NRA Statement 'Revolting'

The U.S. Senator-elect says the NRA has "made itself completely irrelevant to the national conversation about preventing gun violence."

U.S. Senator-elect Chris Murphy, a Congressman whose district includes Newtown, called today's announcement from the National Rifle Association "the most revolting, tone-deaf statement I've ever heard."

"While Newtown continues the horrifying work of burying twenty children and six adults, the NRA has the gall to say that the solution to this problem is more, not fewer guns," he said.

"The NRA has now made itself completely irrelevant to the national conversation about preventing gun violence, by saying that the answer to the tragedy in Newtown is to put more deadly semi-automatic assault weapons on the streets and into our schools."

The NRA statement today — after a weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people last week in Sandy Hook — called for an armed police presence in American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Steven DeVaux December 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I rest my case.
Ken December 24, 2012 at 04:11 AM
There are already police officers, security guards, metal detectors, double door entry systems which hold a person between an entrance and an exit pending clearance, security cameras and buzz in procedures in many high schools. In many cases there are already security cameras not just to monitor the interior and perimeter of a schoolst cost or whether such systems are needed, whether they would be effective against a determined armed killer but also involve an understanding of the impact extension of such security systems to elementary schools would have on the psyche of young children. Would young students entering a school with advanced and extensive security controls feel a sense of fear or would this make them feel secure?
Lucia December 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
If there is a gun ban as murphy and his ilk would like, would it include the Secret Service's guns who protect the president and other members of government? Bet not, hypocrisy thy name is murphy and any other who wants to take away the right to bear arms.
Bobby Caselnova December 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The state of CT already has an "assault weapons ban". That didn't work, did it? We need better training and education for gun buyers, and that's my determination from running a federally-licensed firearms shop with my father for many years. Education pertaining to locking up your guns, how to tell if someone you live with or your child may be homicidal or suicidal can go a long way. Just like we don't let people drive cars with no training or education to prevent injuries and deaths. No law will prevent criminals from getting arms and using them on people, the laws will only apply to those willing to respect them. People have a right to self defense, and when we have criminals running around with such deadly arms, it does become necessary to have an "assault weapon". If more guns really don't make us safer, the government should lead by example and disarm all of the police, secret service, etc. It will never happen because they know for a fact that guns keep us safe when they're in good hands, and there's absolutely no way to prevent them from getting into bad hands.
Rob Gianazza December 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Bobby, please explain the difference between the legal definition of an "Assault Rifle" and what a real assault rifle is. I think the public needs to be educated. Second, you made an excellent reference about driving cars. How many police stops are reported where the driver is unlicensed or driving with a suspended license? How many are driving cars that are improperly registered? We, that have proper licensing, insurance and registration aren't the ones causing the problems.

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