Newtown Neighbor Sorry for Bullets Joke

Incoming board member urged to resign early
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2013 2:10 PM CST
Flowers and stuffed animals of a makeshift memorial for school shooting victims encircle the flagpole at the town center in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – With calls flying that he should resign before he even takes office, a newly-elected school board member from Brooksfield, Conn., apologized today for saying that he'd honor the victims of the massacre in neighboring Newtown by buying bullets. Gregory Beck made the comment in response to a Facebook post about the "26 Days of Kindness" initiative, which urges people to perform generous acts on the 26 days leading up to the anniversary of the massacre, to honor the 26 victims.

"I shall buy my friends who are gun enthusiasts a box of ammunition on days 1-26," Beck wrote, according to the Brooksfield Patch. Beck, 26, is set to be sworn in on Dec. 1. He campaigned as a Republican-backed independent, but now Republicans are calling on him not to take office, the AP reports. "It is said that hindsight is 20/20 and looking back I should never have even conceived of making the comment," Beck said. "I unequivocally apologize."

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