NRA criticized for robocalls in Newtown

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NRA(CNN) – The National Rifle Association has “stooped to a new low” in making robocalls to residents in Newtown, the two U.S. senators from Connecticut argued in a letter to the NRA on Monday.

“We call on you to immediately stop calling the families and friends of the victims in Newtown,” the senators wrote.

Reports emerged last week of Newtown residents receiving robocalls urging them to stand against state legislative attempts to pass stricter gun laws, including a more expansive assault weapons ban and 10-round limit for magazines.

Asked for a recording of the call, the NRA declined to provide the audio but released a statement defending the calls.

“The National Rifle Association has members, contributors, and supporters in Connecticut who expect us to do our jobs and keep them abreast of developments on the legislative front in their state,” Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA’s director of public affairs, said in a statement about the calls. “We provide the same service for our members and supporters all around the country.”

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– CNN’s Ashley Killough, Steve Brusk and Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

3 comments

  • George Fleisher

    As always the NRA is demonized while Michael Moore wants photos of the crime scene to post on web site to further his agenda. However there is no outrage over his proposal.
    The NRA has stood by American and law abiding citizens and keeps them informed.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Robocalls suck whether its something I support or something I am against.

    As far as replying to the comments above:
    Shoving your way onto someone else's paid phone line is different than posting your agenda on a website that is voluntarily clicked on. Next time you go to your Internet porn and joke sites, consider if they called called you out of the blue for Joke Of the Day or to tell you that Sleazy Sally Sucks.

    Freedom of Speech as long as the words are what you want to hear? The method of delivery is the question. Actually, the sensitivity of the message timed in this geographic area is the topic of concern. Same topic as protesters at military funerals praising the death. Same thing as robo-calling a household that had a child killed by a drunk driver with the message "Support selling alcohols in convenience stores." Now go beat your wife because you're mad at Michael Moore.

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