Residents in Newtown, Connecticut, Receive National Rifle Association (NRA) Robocalls

by Colonel on March 25, 2013

“Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they’re outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Town residents say the automated calls from the NRA began last week and urge people to tell their state legislators to oppose gun control proposals. Lawmakers are debating whether to ban military-style assault weapons, prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines and other measures in response to the school shootings.

Dan O’Donnell lives in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown and told WVIT-TV that the robocalls are “ridiculous and insensitive.”

Messages seeking comment were left with the NRA, which like other nonprofit groups is allowed to make robocalls under federal law.

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

“Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) blasted the National Rifle Association on Monday, calling the organization’s recent robocall campaign in Newtown, Conn., a “repugnant tactic” that “mocks and betrays the courage and compassion demonstrated by the Newtown community.”

In a guest blog post for ThinkProgress, Blumenthal criticized the NRA for “injecting its fear-based messages into the homes … of a grieving community.”

“NRA leadership demonstrated yet again last week just how low they are willing to go in their unconscionable effort to block any common sense, life saving gun violence legislation,” Blumenthal wrote.

The NRA came under fire Thursday for launching a pro-gun robocall and postcard campaign. The organization urged Newtown residents to contact their state senators to express their opposition to gun-control legislation in the Connecticut General Assembly.

” — Chelsea Kiene, Copyright 2013

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