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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 a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around 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."

Will Wilkin December 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Thank you Chris Murphy for injecting sanity and humanity into to America's gun discussion. The more guns and the higher the firepower, the more senseless deaths. Please work to stop this cycle of violence as much as possible. Thank you for standing up to the gun industry lobby (NRA) . We do not want to shop, school and congregate in war zones. Glad you recognize the pure insanity of it.
Where is the common sense? December 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Oh please stop the insanity with this nonsense. This isn't about guns you fools... It's about people who are mentally ill. If you believe this is about guns or any weapons then you should seek counseling yourself.
JYD December 26, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Not a whole lot of credibility when Murphy and his collegues on the federal and state level all enjoy the armed protection that he labels "revolting." Also consider that many our biggest political leaders on the national, state, and city level send their kids to most expensive of private schools, all offering armed protection. I don't see any of our leaders indicating why it's okay for them, but not for anyone else. Don't get me wrong... I hate the idea of an armed guard at every school. It sickens me. What I hate even more, though, is knowing every public school out there is a bullseye target for anyone looking to make a "statement" in an environment with no defense. It's not about gun restrictions... If someone wants one, you know they are going to get one. A restriction is not going to make it harder. Whether it's legal or not really doesn't matter if their intent is to do mass harm.
Will Wilkin December 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
How do you intend to protect every restaurant, amusement park ride, post office, convenience store, grocery, doctor office, church, library, nightclub, symphony hall, theater, day care, retirement home, hospital, sport arena, public park and beach, gym.... Just have everybody armed and ready to shoot anybody else? What if you arrive to save the day a few seconds after it starts, and shoot the vigilante because you misidentify the original shooter? And someone who sees you shoot the vigilante decides you must be allied with the original shooter and thus must also be killed? How do you propose to make sure a population armed to the teeth in every public and private place all able to judge the good guy from the bad? This is what I mean by the insanity of America's gun culture. The reason so many people are killed by guns in this country every day is because they are so easy to get. There is no way to vet out every potential killer beforehand.

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