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NRA still silent after shooting; cancels Friday event


A Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver is displayed for customers to rent at the Los Angeles Gun Club on December 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.


Kevork Djansezian

The National Rifle Association, which canceled a country music event slated for Friday inexplicably, has yet to issue a comment on the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting that claimed 26 lives. 

According to Politicker, the NRA had planned a live “Tweet & Greet” with country music rapper Colt Ford for 1 p.m. Central Time Friday afternoon. However, NRA Country, a spin-off of the NRA which promotes "a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere," reportedly tweeted that the event would be rescheduled.

The NRA Country tweet and any information about the event have since been taken down from their Twitter and website. 

Ford, NRA Country's "Artist of the Month," tweeted on Friday: 

The group did not immediately respond to any requests for comment about the cancelation and whether it was a response to the unfolding tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the New York Daily News reported

The NRA, which CBS' Bob Schieffer called one of the lobbies most feared by Congress, has also not released any statement about the tragic shooting in Newtown.

"Congress is literally afraid to take on the National Rifle Association because they know that if they make any kind of statement [that] even suggests some sort of limits on gun control, the NRA is going to pour, literally, hundreds of thousands of dollars in a campaign to defeat them," Schieffer said. 

The National Rifle Association may be exercising caution in the wake of their last shooting-related slip-up, Think Progress reported that on July 20, 2012, when most Americans were just hearing of the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, NRA publication American Rifleman sent out a tweet that read: "Good Morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?" 

After serious backlash, the organization then pulled down its social media accounts. It later explained the tweeter had been "unaware" of the shooting at the time, according to Think Progress. 

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