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NRA Issues a Statement on the Sandy Hook Shooting

The largest gun lobby in America has issued a statement in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre that claimed 27 lives, among which were 20 children, prompting a national debate about the freedom to have guns in America.

The NRA has been quiet from this discussion, closing down their Facebook account immediately after the Sandy Hook event. 

The Associated Press reported: "Where is the NRA? The nation's largest gun-rights organization - typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths - has gone all but silent since last week's rampage at a Newtown, Conn. … Its Facebook page has disappeared. It has posted no tweets. It makes no mention of the shooting on its website. None of its leaders hit the media circuit Sunday to promote its support of the Second Amendment right to bear arms as the nation mourns the latest shooting victims and opens a new debate over gun restrictions. On Monday, the NRA offered no rebuttal as 300 anti-gun protesters marched to its Capitol Hill office.

"After previous mass shootings - such as in Oregon and Wisconsin - the group was quick to both send its condolences and defend gun owners' constitutional rights, popular among millions of Americans. … Seldom has the NRA gone so long after a fatal shooting without a public presence. It resumed tweeting just one day after a gunman killed two people and then himself at an Oregon shopping mall last Tuesday, and one day after six people were fatally shot at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August.”

The NRA advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights, and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States.

The NRA sponsors firearm safety training courses, as well as marksmanship events featuring shooting skill and sports. According to a 1999 Fortune survey, lawmakers and congressional staffers considered NRA the most influential lobbying group.

According to its website, the NRA has 4.3 million members.

Full text of a statement released from the National Rifle Association on Tuesday.

N.R.A. STATEMENT:

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.

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 N.R.A. is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

The N.R.A. is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, D.C., area on Friday, December 21.

Details will be released to the media at the appropriate time.

www.nra.org

Obama Newtown Speech: President Holds Vigil For Sandy Hook Massacre

I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation...mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts...you're not alone in your grief. Our world too has been torn apart. All across this land of ours we have wept with you.

- President Obama speaking at the interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut.

Obama Sandy Hook Speech LIVE Stream: President Speaks in Newtown

Why Did Adam Lanza Go On the Elementary School Massacre?

From ABC News: A powerful recap of this tragedy.

Why Did Adam Lanza Go On the Elementary School Massacre?

From ABC News: A powerful recap of this tragedy.

ESPN Tells Staff to Stop Tweeting About Sports or Use the Word "Shooter" Until Sunday

This makes a lot of sense, actually.

Here is an e-mail from ESPN senior VP and Executive Producer Mark Gross to staff, Re: the shootings in Newtown, Conn. (Newtown is 30 miles from ESPN headquarters in Bristol.)
 
As Deadspin reports, ESPN added:
 
 

Shooting Sprees in the United States: They're Pretty Common

Mother Jones has tracked and mapped every shooting spree in the last three decades. “Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii,” they found. And in most cases, the killers had obtained their weapons legally:

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Michigan Law Passed Thursday Allows Concealed Weapons in Schools, Day Care Centers, Stadiums, Churches

Just one day before this tragedy, the state of Michigan passed a law allowing "highly trained gun owners" to carry concealed weapons in schools and day care centers

As the Detroit Free Press reports: Changes to the concealed weapons law passed the state House on Thursday evening, allowing highly trained gun owners to carry their concealed weapons in formerly verboten places, such as schools, day care centers, stadiums and churches.

Schools, however, and privately owned facilities could opt out of the new law if they don't want people carrying guns in their buildings.

The gun bill also requires the Michigan State Police, rather than local law enforcement, to maintain gun permitting records. Police said it was crucial to have at least one agency hold on to records, citing the I-96 shooter case last month, which was solved in part, by going back through gun records.

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Mass Shootings in 2012 (Graphic)

Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had Ryan Lanza's identification.

Ryan Lanza has a Facebook page that posted updates Friday afternoon that read that "it wasn't me" and "I was at work."

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Shooting LIVE: 27 Dead, Adam Lanza is the Shooter

Early on Friday morning, there was a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. There are very few details available at this point, but we already know how the story will unfold.

Multiple people were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant. Details are still scarce, but children are reportedly among the dead, as is one shooter, with rumors of a second gunman unconfirmed. The school district is on lockdown, NBC Connecticut reports, and parents have been notified by police. A "platoon" of troopers are canvassing the area.

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WNBC has confirmed that the shooter is dead. Where this occurred was not immediately clear. According to NBC News, the shooter was an adult, and two handguns were recovered.

How the shooter got into the school is not clear.

Parents at the scene said the shooter was masked, but that information is not confirmed.

At 9:41 a.m., Newtown police called state police asking for assistance at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at 12 Dickinson Drive, a kindergarten through fourth grade school.

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps told the Associated Press that a teacher was shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.

Kelly Ann Donnelly, the public information officer for the state Department of Education, said she cannot share any information right now. They are still confirming what happened and helping to securing area schools.

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