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There is no white flag, but the bravado of the NRA displayed regularly in their tweets has been silenced since Friday in what appears to be an almost cowardice retreat. (See embedded copies of NRA tweets from Tuesday to Friday below the squiggle.) And, despite a tweet sent out Thursday celebrating that their official Facebook page had reached 1.7 million "likes," the page has now disappeared without a trace.

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As the nation mourns the murders of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School and news continues to flow with horrific details, one thing is clear, the shooter intended to kill many people and was able to obtain the legally-purchased weapons designed to kill en mass with speed and efficiency.  

The name of the primary weapon, Bushmaster AR15, is familiar to anyone who remembers the Washington DC sniper nightmare. According to a ProGuns website:

A leader in the field of firearms and renowned worldwide, Bushmaster produces high quality and high performance firearms for everything from hunting to home defense, law enforcement, plinking, and competition. Known for their dedication to detail and use of top grade materials, Bushmaster’s firearms are some of the best in the world. From the ready-to-accessorize Bushmaster AR15 ORC (Optics Ready Carbine) to the easy-to-carry yet powerful Bushmaster Carbon 15 9mm Pistol.
#NRA has been a top Twitter trend over the past few days, but responses from their community are minimal and are coming from NRA members and fans, not officials. Perhaps they will claim that now is not the time to debate the issues they so boldly support, but in the mean time, #NowIsTheTime is also a top Twitter trend. And, the debate is under way, with or without the NRA.

Members of Congress, known to be proud supporters of the NRA, did not respond to the opportunity to appear on Meet the press today:

Is it cowardice? Will they come out swinging after what they believe is "the right amount of time to grieve" before debating gun restrictions?

There is a lot of anger directed at the NRA right now. And for many of us, the feelings of helplessness can be abated at some level by taking action, by fighting for change. The NRA represents, to many of us, the "protection" of the right to bear arms, even the kind of weapons meant for mass killings in times of war.

The NRA has spent a lot of money to advance the politicians identified as their supporters and their lobbying presence in Washington has been intimidating law-makers for too long.  It is up to us to keep pressure on our representatives and on the NRA to move forward with laws that restrict automatic weapons and close background check loopholes.

Let's challenge the NRA and their Political Victory Fund to put a portion of their lobbying budget and efforts into improving our mental health system. Let's challenge them to use their lobbying efforts to support the guarantee that mental health services will be fully covered by medical insurance.

In the mean time, hug the children in your life and if you know one, please, hug and thank a teacher.

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Originally posted to 51 Percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:34:47 AM PST

  •  They are busy working on a collective and unified (5+ / 0-)

    response to the recent call for gun control. They will emerge in full force once they have perfected their message and put it out through all of their channels.

    You'll see, they will blame it on something altogether different than guns and they will swarm the airwaves with their message.

    Maybe it will be that kids on pharmaceuticals is the problem, not assault weapons. It seems to be working on this site.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:42:26 PM PST

    •  I wonder if the arguement will resonate (1+ / 0-)
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      with anything close to the power of the past.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:45:40 PM PST

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      •  Me too, but you know it is going to be blasted (1+ / 0-)
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        gramofsam1

        on the airwaves of conservative radio, TV, and by the member os the senate and house. They will all say the same exact thing over and over and over.

        It's not the guns, it's anything but the guns.

        "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

        by ranger995 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:47:11 PM PST

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    •  Yes That Diary Struck Me As An NRA Troll Diary (1+ / 0-)
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      But who knows?

      The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

      by kerplunk on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:46:21 PM PST

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      •  I don't think NRA troll diary, but an organized (0+ / 0-)

        attempt by a group here to divert the conversation away from gun control.

        They have a right to do that, they are an established group here.

        I don't want to call them names anymore, I want to try to convince them to help us stem the violence. We don't want to take their guns, but they have to start compromising.

        "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

        by ranger995 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:49:36 PM PST

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      •  huh? (1+ / 0-)
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        Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

        by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:24:27 PM PST

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        •  He's not referring to your diary. (0+ / 0-)

          I referred to a different diary. Sorry, I won't talk about it anymore here.

          "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

          by ranger995 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:42:43 PM PST

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          •  someone set up a diary supporting guns? (0+ / 0-)

            I've seen too many people on KOS supporting the right to bear arms, surprised me.
            NRA is powerful - they had my twitter account suspended for too many "mentions" got it back quickly, but it shows they are hard at work behind the scenes

            Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

            by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:28:16 PM PST

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  •  my twitter account was just suspended for (1+ / 0-)
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    multiple unsolicited mentions to other users - the only unsolicited mention I have used today would be to the NRA.  just got my account back by agreeing not to abuse multiple mentions..... guess they are reading and watching, and responding by flagging....

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:39:04 PM PST

  •  sign the petition .... (0+ / 0-)

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:48:31 PM PST

  •  I suggested a path in another post (0+ / 0-)

    Strike while the iron is "hot."

    The White House should convene an immediate and very public, televised forum and invite important voices--including the NRA--to come with suggestions on how to stop this now!!!

    Of course the NRA won't show up. The GOP wouldn't even show up today on the Sunday talk shows. But the very fact that they won't will be very telling.

    At the memorial service today, the President very wisely indicated the problem was complex and included our national approach to mental health as well as gun control. The solution will be complex as well. But the time to begin is (yesterday) today. We can't postpone it even a day.

    •  "We CAN'T tolerate this, anymore" President Obama (0+ / 0-)

      nuff said, except, I think he'll do something...

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:49:33 PM PST

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