Newtown Residents Blast 'Insensitive' NRA Robocalls

Calls urged them to oppose gun-control proposals

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 25, 2013 8:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they're outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Town residents say the automated calls from the NRA began last week and urge people to tell their state legislators to oppose gun-control proposals. Dan O'Donnell lives in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown and told WVIT-TV that the robocalls are "ridiculous and insensitive."

Messages seeking comment were left with the NRA, which like other nonprofit groups is allowed to make robocalls under federal law. The NRA's Wayne LaPierre was vocal yesterday on the subject of Michael Bloomberg, however, sharing his thoughts on the mayor's $12 million gun-control ad blitz. Meanwhile, the family of one of the victims has met with Adam Lanza's father.

Volunteer firefighters place flowers at a makeshift memorial at a sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary school Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.
Volunteer firefighters place flowers at a makeshift memorial at a sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary school Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Tail lights streak past a sign asking for prayer on Main Street heading into the village of Newtown, Conn., at dusk Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
Tail lights streak past a sign asking for prayer on Main Street heading into the village of Newtown, Conn., at dusk Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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