Here’s the National Rifle Association’s entire corpus of public response to the tragedy in Newtown, in its entirety:
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 NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.
Details will be released to the media at the appropriate time.
And here is a translation, from Cliff Schecter on his Facebook page:
“We are shocked and saddened that policies we pushed via bribing legislators, ones that every public health official, sociologist, law enforcement official and anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex said would lead to people dying has in fact lead to people dying. We see that even legislators we’ve bought off in the past are now saying we need real gun-safety regulations, so we had better pretend we’re human and in our own cybornetic way feign grief. Don’t you worry, we’ll still make millions this year off of lying that President Obama is riding saddle back on a black helicopter on the way to your door, precious white person, to pry your gun out of your cold dead hands. But now we’re a bit scared that we’ve gone too far and legislation may be passed that reminds people we enable domestic terrorists and only care about our bottom line. …
Our statement will be forthcoming. Oh and guns don’t kill people, we do, by making sure any yahoo with a grudge can get one.
By Friday 21st December, most people will be focussed on getting home, preparing to spend the holiday with their own families – not on paying attention to the NRA’s statement. What a shabby, shabby move.