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Sandy Hook Shootings: Protest At Gun Lobby HQ
Protesters have marched on the headquarters of the US gun lobby as the clamour for tighter firearm controls grows in the wake of the Newtown school massacre.
As the first two funerals for young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting took place, 75 activists descended on the Washington DC headquarters of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA).
The protesters chanted: "Shame on the NRA," and demanded the organisation drop its hardline stance and make way for new gun control laws.
"More than anyone else, the NRA is responsible for the more than 12,000 people murdered by guns every year in this country," said Josh Nelson, the campaign manager for the progressive Credo Action group that organised the protest.
"We call on the NRA's lobbyists to stand down and allow Congress to pass common-sense gun laws."
The activists' cause has been backed by two pro-gun US senators, who have come out in favour of reform after the murder of 20 children and six adults at the elementary school.
Democrats Mark Warner and Joe Manchin, who have so-called "A" ratings from the NRA, said the Newtown massacre has convinced them the time for change has come.
West Virginia's Senator Manchin told MSNBC it was time to "move beyond rhetoric" on gun control.
He said: "I don't know anyone in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. It's common sense."
Senator Warner said "the status quo isn't acceptable" and in a later interview called for "rational gun control".
Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy called for changes to the law during an emotional news conference, where he broke down while describing the ordeal of parents who lost their children at Sandy Hook.
He said: "You try to feel their pain, but you can't. You try to find some words that you hope will be adequate, knowing that they will be inadequate, and you see little coffins and your heart has to break."
He added: "I'm a big believer in hunting rights and a big believer in supporting the Second Amendment, but there's a reality that this stuff has gone too far and is too easy to own.
"Do I think Washington DC needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun control laws at the federal level? You bet I do."
New York's popular mayor Michael Bloomberg made an appearance flanked by relatives of shooting victims and demanded that President Barack Obama make good on his promise to tackle gun violence in the US.
On Sunday, Mr Obama told residents at a vigil in Newtown the US must do more to protect its children.
Since then, White House spokesman Jay Carney has said tighter gun control laws are part of the answer to violence in the US, but the president did not have a specific policy to announce.
Mr Obama is understood to support reinstating a ban on assault rifles that expired in 2004.
Since the shootings, the NRA has been silent.
Requests for comments have gone unanswered, and officials are turning down interview requests until they have more details.
The NRA's 1.7 million-strong Facebook group has disappeared, and the group's Twitter account - which is a favourite platform to communicate with supporters - has not sent a message since before the grim reality of Friday's shootings set in.
The massacre has prompted private capital group Cerberus Capital Management to sell its shareholding in Freedom Group, which manufactures the the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle used.
The Dick's Sporting Goods chain also announced it was suspending sales of modern rifles and removing all guns from display at stores near Newtown during "this time of national mourning".
But the industry remains powerful, directly employing more than 98,000 people and generating another 111,000 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries, according to the US firearms trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
It also says the firearms and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $31.84 billion in total economic activity in the country in 2012 and, along with its employees, paid $2.07 billion in taxes.
what do you think?
As my son would say" excellent, epic.good on them, so glad to see this, they need to keep this up until the laws can be changed.better news after yesterdays revelation thst even more guns were being sold, that was despairing.obama ought to call for a gun amnesty, its always surprizing how successful these things are.and again the americans need to stop crying on about the 2nd amendment" right to bare arms" .codswallap .come on peaple of america show the gun lobby you want to stop the killing that goes on everyday.
Hunting rifles and shotguns i understand in a country like the US but i can't see why anyone possibly needs a military-grade assault rifle in civilian life. These weapons should only be in the hands of the armed forces and law enforcement. They'll never give up their guns but perhaps they could legislate against calibres above .22 for a start.
Good suggestion Lorgar. It would be a start at least..............
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Didnt I read that after his mother the shootings were carried out with hand guns?
Thay should put the 1994. Ban back and give law enforcement rights to see med rec.bushmaster type wepons should be in hands of the army.can not see southen states handing guns to a black man
Is that where you come from, Mark, 'ole Dixie'? That would figure.
Chris texas mate
Thought so. Fought on the side of the slave-owning Confederacy, south of the Mason-Dixon line, explains a lot of your racist comments and KKK references.
Mark you keep pushing the same point over and over.now we know why knowing where you come from.as chris said it explains the racist comments and your constant kkk referances.would you hand your gun over to obama i wander
Sadly the NRA like our tobacco industry is to strong and has enough money to swing discisions the 2senators who have spoken out will loose all the muscle the NRA provides. I hope I'm wrong but can't really see any drastic changes in the wild west
This is exactly what the US government want. Take away the Americans arms and their government will be a true dictatorship. Problem. Reaction. Solution.
Have you had a frontal lobotomy jimmyJedi? The British government tightened up our already tight gun controls and we have far less of a dictatorship than the good old US of A where lobbyist like the unelected gun lobby are ruling the country
And now all the government psychos have the weapons. In these times of corruption the people need to be able to defend themselves against tyranny, of course the walking dead are happy to be subjects of the government. ;)
The NRA should feel ashamed. . . But they wont. Not when there's millions of dollars to go into their pocket.
Saw a report from a U.S. gunshops upsurge in sales and the owner actually seemed to regard this heartbreaking episode as an opportunity for Gods sake ! When a nation embraces greed and violence to such a degree you do despair. I suppose the gun lobbys answer to all this would be to arm teachers . Yes - apologies for being facetious , but everyone knows in their heart of hearts that nothing will change and its just a matter of time before someone somewhere else snaps. RIP to all the innocents and prayers for the families.
Vinandgill, Your comment regarding teachers being armed in the U.S. may not be as facetious as you think. I heard a news report yesterday stating that this has actually been suggested in some quarters. You would appear to be closer to the truth than you think, frightening isn't it??...............
It's absolutely bloody terrifying!
The Second Amendment was set up to give the people a right to bare arms should the Government turn on its people. Which it clearly has and continues to do so. This shooting is terrible but lets not forget that when this story broke, there were so many stories as to actually happend that now you dont know what to believe! But the killer was clearly on psycotropic drugs.
Too right mate. The sheep have tunnel vision and only see it the way they are encouraged to. People are stupid.
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Why were the rest of the town's citizens out buying guns in the shop as reported in some press?
And lets not forget obama and his lap dog Cameron are the 2 largest arms dealers in the world. They make and sell weapons that kill 1000s of people every day. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, babies, and obama authorizing predator drones every day with push of his arm chair button. Each one kills 100people. Does he shed a tear for these people? Does he heck. Crocodile tears my friends! Monster that man is. A snake in the grass.
If the NRA insist on sticking to the 2nd amendment drawn up in 1791 they should be made to sticking to flintlocks and muskets as was used then..........That should slow down the psychos.
BAN ALL GUNS, NOT JUST RIFLES AS THEY ALL DO THE SAME THING.....KILL
The gun lobby mis-read the 5th amendment .It reads "The right to bear arms in a Militia" i.e. proper controlled small army, not as individuals filling their homes with arms. This was when indians/ bandits attacked small towns before law and order. I think the World has moved on since except the Americans.
ERROR ! The 2nd amendment
Agreed.why cry over it now.
Absolutely happymike. The 2nd amendment refers to a particular period in the history of the USA and the situation it describes no longer prevails. It seems like complete nonsense to describe society as it stood in the 18th century and use it to justify people having personal arsenals in their home.
With all the jobs and fed tax do you think aney party would back a ban.it wold be like geting turkeys to vote for thanksgiveing.he may get ban an busmaster wepons reinstated that is if republican party will join in helping him
What exactly are you talking about? KKK knuckledragger can't string a sentence together.
Did i say kkk its was you who said that
And you can't even remember your own stuff. Let me quote you: 'To the brotherhood of the Klan. In death, we unite'. That was what you said in relation to the newsboard on 'Immigration' 14/12/12 at 12.17pm, knuckledragger. Which explains your redneck talk about the KKK not giving up their guns to 'a black man' (Obama).
Chris its from a old 7th cav airmobile tat
Oh, right, well, of course.
Jesus Christ Mark Hussey, you pal are lowlife. Believe it or not, even if it is off a 'old 7th cav airmobile tat' then still even quoting it, makes you racist
Mark i find yor posts more and more disturbing and i remember the kkk quote too. You continually talk about weapons and describe with absolute relish the damage they do. You claim that nearly every member of your family has been violently murdered. It's all getting very odd mate.
All of us are thinking like the British and not like an American would think. America is vast. Whilst I would welcome curbs on assault rifles I would not feel safe without a gun in remote country areas where you don't see a policemen in months. Ban ban ban we all cry. Well a fat lot of good that has done in Australia where crime levels have risen sharply since the gun ban. Pump more money into mental health awareness than blaming the guns
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It's interesting you make mention of mental health as an issue. As I understand it, any upstanding American has the right to bear arms. They are declared fit to own one. However, this does not mean a gun is in safe hands. If you or I were being robbed, just when would we choose to shoot? Would we threaten to do so first? Or shoot immediately? Look at the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Mr Zimmerman was appointed neighbourhod coordinator and felt in his opinion Mr Martin was acting suspicious. The teenager it turns out was unarmed and we know the rest of the story. My point is there are too many risk factors and once a life is taken, it can never be given back.
I saw a quote from a spokesman for the NRA saying that "if the children were armed and trained to use guns, then this wouldn't of happened".......my word
It is difficult to understand such utter madness, isn't it. The NRA won't be happy until everyone has shot and killed everyone else!
Really, he actually said that? I'm totally stunned as well as deeply sad and angry. There are saner people locked up as far as I'm concerned.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a powerful and meaningful anti gun campaign. I have many relatives in the states and they are as horrified by the gun mentality as we are. They all envyand admire us for what the Dunblane tragedy brought, in terms of outlawing legal weaponry for every Tom, D*ck and Harry
Sorry to be pedantic. but i keep reading about the "right to bare arms" as if this debate was about exposing our limbs or not! It's the "right to bear arms". Sorry, but I keep reading that and it's driving me bonkers! No harm meant! :-)