The National Rifle Association has been silent since Friday's school shooting in Newtown, CT, that killed 26 people, 20 of them children.
The organization has declined comment for news reports or not responded to media requests. Its website is devoid of any statement on the shooting. The NRA also took down its Facebook page. Its last tweet, posted a few hours before a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, was a promotion for a giveaway.
On Friday, the NRA cancelled a “Tweet and Greet” with country musician Colt Ford that was scheduled for that afternoon. The group did not say whether the cancellation was due to the shooting.
In a year marked by a string of mass shootings, it is understandable for the NRA to take some time crafting a measured response to this latest national tragedy. But by now, when even a pro-gun politician has called for reform, it is time for the NRA to speak up.