The NRA, normally an organization that is loud and proud about its pro-gun stance even after shooting deaths make national headlines, has apparently gone dark in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
The NRA's Facebook page has completely disappeared. I just did a Facebook search for the NRA Facebook page a few minutes ago, and I was unable to find it.
The NRA's Twitter page has been inactive since the Newtown shooting. The last tweet from the NRA's Twitter page, which promoted a sweepstakes for an auto flashlight with the NRA-ILA logo on it, was sent at 6:36 A.M. Central Time on December 14, 2012, a couple of hours before the Newtown massacre took place.
None of the NRA's leaders went on the Sunday talk show circuit to promote their pro-gun stance, even as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on NBC's Meet the Press and called the NRA's power "vastly overrated"
300 pro-gun control protestors marched on the NRA's offices yesterday, yet the NRA has not officially responded.
The Huffington Post contacted the NRA, asking for comment, and the NRA refused to return telephone calls.
The NRA, in the past, has offered its condolences to victims of mass shootings while, at the same time, reiterated its unwavering support for gun rights. However, after the Newtown massacre, the NRA's extensive social media presence has gone completely dark, allowing for an unprecedented social media attack on the NRA by gun control supporters and those who are otherwise opposed to the NRA's extreme agenda. In fact, I even wrote this blog post criticizing the NRA.
There are two explanations for why the NRA has gone dark: Either they're running scared, or they're laying low. I'm thinking that the NRA is, more than likely, laying low for a while longer than they usually do after shooting deaths hit the national headlines. However, it's quite possible that the NRA is truly running scared.