NEWTOWN, Conn.—Residents in Newtown say they are furious over automated calls from the National Rifle Association that urge them to oppose gun control.
The robo-call says, “Anti-gun legislators are aggressively pursuing numerous proposals that are designed to disarm and punish law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.”
The calls are stirring controversy and outrage in Newtown, where people are saying the calls are insensitive.
Tom Maurath, a resident in Newtown, said, “I was just kind of more shocked that that type of call would come to Newtown. We’re three months from probably one of the most horrendous tragedies that’s ever happened and to call the town of Newtown, just didn’t seem like the right thing to do.”
Maurath says the calls began last week during dinner time, when the whole family is supposed to be enjoying time together.
Dan O’Donnell also lives in Newtown by Sandy Hook Elementary School and says he never thought about the gun debate until his town became the center of it.
He said, “I have no understanding of why they would be calling my house. I mean, three calls in one week asking me to fight to protect my 2nd Amendment rights when I’m not a member of the organization.”
Dan says he, like many residents in the area around Sandy Hook, supports efforts for more gun control legislation.
He said, “It’s so ridiculous and insensitive. I can’t even believe an organization would be so focused on the rights of a gun owner with no consideration for the losses that this town has suffered.”
Officials with the NRA say the calls are targeting Connecticut residents because the state’s legislators are debating whether to ban military-style assault weapons in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.