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America's Gun Debate: A Twitter Replay, From Bushmaster to Obama to NRA Moves

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 18, 2012 06:17 PM

After clamming up in the wake of the Newton, Connecticut, school shooting massacre on Friday, the National Rifle Association finally broke its silence today to announce a press conference on Friday, and released a statement that read in part:

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 NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

The debate on America's out of control spiral on gun vioence dominated the news cycle and social media today, as more young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting were buried. A few turns in the events as the debate played out on Twitter leading up to the NRA's statement:


Sbux Stopz Hear United States says:

Don't hold your breath for any real change from the NRA:


Several top Republicans floated the idea of a commission that would look at mental health issues, violent influences on youths and on guns — and they cautioned against jumping to pass any bills in the near term.

“I think we ought to pursue the ideas that call for a blue ribbon task force or commission with all stakeholders that can look at the much bigger issues associated with tragic events such as this,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the SenateJudiciary Committee. “It certainly can’t be a debate just about guns.”

December 18, 2012 09:33 PM #

Ed Kriese United States says:

It's a mental health issue for sure. The other issue is who has access to weapons. IMHO the shooter's mother is 100% to blame for this tragedy by allowing her mentally ill, psychotic son to live in the same house she kept her guns. She even taught him how to shoot and now the consequences of this woman’s bad judgment will now be used as pretext to abrogate everybody’s rights. Here in Detroit people have very legitimate self defense requirements.

December 19, 2012 09:06 AM #

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