Gun-Control Battle Looms in Light of Connecticut Massacre

Gun-ownership groups were preparing themselves on Friday for another barrage of anti-firearm moves following the horrific mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school.

The National Rifle Association and most groups were keeping silent on the day that 28 people, including 20 young children, were shot dead.

“Until the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment,” the group, based in Fairfax, Va., said in a statement reported by the Atlantic.

But some organizations spoke out, including Gun Owners of America, which has about 300,000 members and headquartered in Springfield, Va.

“Gun-control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands,” Larry Pratt, the group’s executive director, said. “Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered.

“This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones,” he added. “The only thing accomplished by gun-free zones is to ensure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.”

Gun Owners of America called for state and federal lawmakers to immediately overturn bans on guns in schools.

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