Wayne LaPierre

Nothing has been heard from NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre since the Newton school massacre. (Getty Images / December 19, 2012)

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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Will the wave of public outrage and sorrow after the school shooting in Newtown permanently damage the National Rifle Association’s reputation and its power to block gun control?

    • Yes. The NRA has staked its reputation on blocking gun limits, but the tide of public opinion has now turned in favor of the kind of sensible measures that the gun lobby has fought for years.
    • No. It's ridiculous to blame this shooting on the lack of gun control. Connecticut has some of the toughest gun limits in the country. The NRA is blameless, and Americans will figure this out.
    • It's too soon to tell. The NRA has been under attack from gun control advocates and their allies for years, especially after other shootings. The organization has come back before; it could again.
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  • Sandy Hook Elementary School

On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association broke its days of silence following Friday’s massacre in Newtown. The NRA issued a statement saying it was "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by the attack at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which killed 20 children and six women at the school, and was ready to offer “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.” The group said it would reveal further details in a Friday news conference. One of the nation’s most powerful political lobbying groups for years, the NRA has successfully blocked proposals to limit gun sales or ownership. It has aggressively supported political candidates who back its agenda and opposed those who don’t. But even some pro-NRA lawmakers are now calling for limits on guns. Does this signal that the group’s power is permanently on the wane? Or will the NRA keep its clout as time goes on and emotions cool? Is it fair to put any blame on the NRA for the latest shooting, or any others?

NEWS AND VIEWS

The NRA Has Broken Its Silence. Is This 'Meaningful'?
The New Republic, Dec. 19

The NRA's clout: It comes from the people
Editorial, the Union Leader, Dec. 19

The NRA Is Still Vital, Because the 2nd Amendment Is
Op-ed, New York Times, Dec. 17