Today, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) issued the following statement in response to the National Rifle Association's (NRA) press conference regarding the gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
"Since last Friday's tragedy in Newtown, voices from across our nation's political spectrum have called for productive conversation and comprehensive solutions to finally address the horror of gun massacres.
"As the nation's largest gun advocacy group, the NRA had an opportunity to come forward with a vision of reasonable solutions and a spirit of cooperation. Instead, they continued their decades-long position of obstructionism, assigning a laundry list of blame, and offering ideas that simply serve to absolve their organization and excuse the rampant availability of guns and ammunition designed only to kill as many people, in as short a span of time, as possible.
"Much of the country is in agreement that we must now have a thorough examination of our views on violence, our views on guns, and our views on how we respond to mentally ill individuals in our communities. I frequently hear from responsible gun owners who believe there are many common-sense ideas to keep our children safe from gun violence. That is why I continue to believe that politicians and the citizens of this country can find consensus around reasonable solutions that keep killing machines out of the hands of disturbed individuals. The NRA today demonstrated they do not want to help find that consensus; and the only answer they have, is the only answer they've ever had: more guns.
"At this critical moment in time, when we as a nation seem to finally be able to come together around sensible gun violence protection, the NRA missed an important opportunity. The children murdered last week in Newtown deserved better."