“Until the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment.” Those words have been the National Rifle Association’s only comment since 27 people, including 20 children, were murdered on Friday by a man with an assault rifle.
The Newtown Elementary School massacre, one of the worst in U.S. history, has quieted one of the most powerful lobbying firms in the country.
Television news shows have had difficulty finding pro-NRA guests to talk on the subject of guns and the Newtown massacre. Late last night, NRA’s Facebook page was shut down and replaced with a generic visitors page. Comments have been disabled. The NRA’s Twitter account, which typically posts a few times a day, has been inactive for days. The group’s last tweet was on Friday morning.
“A social-media blackout after a mass shooting is not unprecedented for the NRA. The gun lobby didn’t tweet for 10 days last July following the fatal shooting of 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater,” CNN reported. As funerals for 6 and 7 year old continue today, it’s likely that the NRA’s silence will continue.