Gun Lobby Uses Newtown Anniversary To Raise Money

John Jackson, co-owner of Capitol City Arms Supply shows off an AR-15 rifle for sale Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at his business in Springfield, Ill.
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Gun Owners of America, one of the most aggressive pro-gun lobbies in America, posted a message to its website on Friday celebrating its victories in the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and asking people to give money to its organization.

“Since the shooting last year, Gun Owners of America has spent thousands upon thousands of hours debating anti-gun spokesmen … lobbying Congress … and blanketing the airwaves with a hard-hitting, pro-gun message,” the fundraising post on the website said.

The post came a day before the first anniversary of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six school staffers dead. The fundraising call also cited the organization’s spokesman Erich Pratt going “mano-a-mano with CNN’s Piers Morgan” about gun control and gun violence.

It went on to describe an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell as a “firefight” that brought kudos to the group’s Facebook page.

The post continued that over the past year it’s become increasingly clear that Congress “hasn’t fixed the underlying problems which turn many areas of our nation into soft targets for soft criminals.”

“Our schools are still gun free zones…military personnell still can’t carry firearms at work… and it’s just a matter of time before another determined psycho steals a gun and goes on a rampage in a gun free zone.”

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