“The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four 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,” the statement read.
“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 statement said. “The NRA is prepared to
offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens
I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing anything they say, not the least of which is their idea of "meaningful contributions" towards avoiding these incidents in the future. If the response of many gun-rights advocates is any indication, this will simply be a doubling down of their previous wrong-headed policies.
But the most mendacious thing is their claim that it was out of respect that they remained silent for three days. I don't believe it for a minute. There were two reasons for this. First, like many pro-gun folks they experienced severe embarrassment and remorse for their role in the continuing spree shootings. And secondly, and most importantly, it was a calculated maneuver in order to give weight to the frequent and nonsensical "dancing in the blood" attacks against liberals and gun control folks who were talking about it.
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