U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who called for action on gun control on the Senate floor earlier this week, called the National Rifle Association’s Friday response to the Newtown school massacre “sadly and shamefully inadequate.”
In a phone interview from Washington, D.C., Blumenthal said, “Their only solution is more guns and they reject any real action against gun violence. At a defining historic moment demanding courageous leadership, the NRA has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner. The NRA’s proposal for more armed guards in schools may be helpful in some instances, but it falls far short the strong, serious, comprehensive action needed to stop the kind of horrific tragedy that occurred one week ago in Newtown.”
Blumenthal said that there was an armed guard at the school during the Columbine massacre in 1999.
“The American people are demanding real change, and the Newtown tragedy is a call to action, but the NRA has failed to answer that call. So I am going to continue working with all sides that are committed to sensible common sense measures,” Blumenthal said. He added: “The NRA will have to alter its approach to be taken seriously in this national debate.”