Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY MADISON MACK

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


In the days after a gunman claimed the lives of 27 others, mostly children, at an elementary school in Connecticut the debate over how to prevent another massacre has grown even louder.

On Sunday night President Obama called for action — though not offering specifics — speaking at an interfaith vigil in Newton, Connection to remember the victims of Sandy Hook.

“In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds … in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have?”

And while proponents of gun reform have been loud, front and center, one group has been largely quiet in wake of the shooting, the pro-gun wing.

In fact, this Sunday no pro-gun rights senators were willing to go on Meet The Press, according to host David Gregory.

“We reached out to all 31 pro-gun rights senators in the new congress to invite them on the program to share their views on the subject this morning.”

And the National Rifle Association, considered by many to be the most influential lobbying group in the country, has been completely silent. The group’s Twitter page has been inactive since Friday morning, the group has taken down their Facebook page and no comments have been made by any of its leaders to the mainstream media.

But Slate points the NRA has basically had the same response to almost every major gun tragedy.

“It’s an ingenious communications strategy, one that removes the NRA from stories about the latest national outrages. When the outrage fades, the NRA returns in full flush.” 

And an analyst tells ComputerWorld the NRA made the right call by going dark and probably prevented a flame war on their Facebook page.

"Anything they say right now will be pounced upon and used against them… It's hard to say how long they should keep quiet. I think it'll probably be at least a week or two.” 

And several high profile pro-gun, pro-NRA politicians have broken ranks to call for gun reform, like Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

“Seeing the massacre of so many innocent children has changed everything... Everything has to be on the table.”

And Monday the longtime NRA allied Senator Harry Reid opened the door for legislative action in the Senate saying Washington “wasn’t doing enough” on gun control.

Interestingly, The Huffington Post reports an unprecedented spike in gun sales over the weekend across the country.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday found 54 percent of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, a 5-year high, and 59% support a ban on high capacity ammunition clips.

 

 

 

Pro-Gun Advocates Largely Absent From Gun Reform Debate

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Dec 17, 2012

Pro-Gun Advocates Largely Absent From Gun Reform Debate

 

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY MADISON MACK

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


In the days after a gunman claimed the lives of 27 others, mostly children, at an elementary school in Connecticut the debate over how to prevent another massacre has grown even louder.

On Sunday night President Obama called for action — though not offering specifics — speaking at an interfaith vigil in Newton, Connection to remember the victims of Sandy Hook.

“In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds … in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have?”

And while proponents of gun reform have been loud, front and center, one group has been largely quiet in wake of the shooting, the pro-gun wing.

In fact, this Sunday no pro-gun rights senators were willing to go on Meet The Press, according to host David Gregory.

“We reached out to all 31 pro-gun rights senators in the new congress to invite them on the program to share their views on the subject this morning.”

And the National Rifle Association, considered by many to be the most influential lobbying group in the country, has been completely silent. The group’s Twitter page has been inactive since Friday morning, the group has taken down their Facebook page and no comments have been made by any of its leaders to the mainstream media.

But Slate points the NRA has basically had the same response to almost every major gun tragedy.

“It’s an ingenious communications strategy, one that removes the NRA from stories about the latest national outrages. When the outrage fades, the NRA returns in full flush.” 

And an analyst tells ComputerWorld the NRA made the right call by going dark and probably prevented a flame war on their Facebook page.

"Anything they say right now will be pounced upon and used against them… It's hard to say how long they should keep quiet. I think it'll probably be at least a week or two.” 

And several high profile pro-gun, pro-NRA politicians have broken ranks to call for gun reform, like Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

“Seeing the massacre of so many innocent children has changed everything... Everything has to be on the table.”

And Monday the longtime NRA allied Senator Harry Reid opened the door for legislative action in the Senate saying Washington “wasn’t doing enough” on gun control.

Interestingly, The Huffington Post reports an unprecedented spike in gun sales over the weekend across the country.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday found 54 percent of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, a 5-year high, and 59% support a ban on high capacity ammunition clips.

 

 

 

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