The National Rifle Association plans to break its silence Friday regarding the Newtown, Conn., massacre.
"The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again," says the politically powerful gun-rights group in a press release Tuesday.
NRA leaders plan a press conference on Friday in the Washington, D.C., area to elaborate on the measures they plan to take.
As the days pass since Adam Lanza killed 20 schoolchildren and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, proponents of gun control have called for more restrictions on guns, including limits on high-capacity magazines, closing the "gun show loophole," and banning assault rifles, like the one Lanza used to execute the 6- and 7-year-old first-graders.
But gun advocacy groups are beginning to break their silence.
"The president and members of Congress are pouncing on the recent shooting in Connecticut and are trying to exploit it for political gain," writes Erich Pratt, communications director for Gun Owners of America, in a column Wednesday. "Sadly, if they get their way, we will see even more of these horrific tragedies."
The NRA has opposed gun-control laws, exerting pressure on U.S. legislators and lawmakers in all 50 states to win looser restrictions on the purchase and use of firearms. As the largest and most powerful gun lobby group in the nation, the NRA will be a potent voice in the expected debate over promised gun-control legislation in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, on the website Tea Party Perspective, is deriding liberals for using the tragedy to “take our rights away.”
“All the left is interested in is having the government control every aspect of our lives,” Clarke writes. “Calling for gun control is just another aspect of furthering their socialist agenda.”
Clarke calls for an “armed tactical trained officer or security officer in every school and public place (theaters, malls, etc) in America.”
To pay for it, he suggests using “all the money we spend on 'going green' projects and other waste of money social service spending we do.”