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December 17th, 2012

Liberal Group That Attacked Steve King Blames NRA for School Shooting Tragedy

A liberal grassroots organization that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to defeat conservative Iowa Congressman Steve King is now going after the National Rifle Association. CREDO blames the NRA for the elementary school shooting tragedy of last week and the group is organizing a march to the NRA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on Monday.

“After the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame for the massacre of 20 first graders and six women at the Sandy Hook Elementary School than the National Rifle Association. To stop the senseless killing we must first stop the NRA,” the group claimed on Facebook.

CREDO, a mobile phone company, created a SuperPAC in an attempt to take down the most conservative members of Congress during the 2012 elections. They opened an Ames office with half a dozen full-time, paid staffers, whose sole goal was to help Christie Vilsack defeat Steve King. Obviously, they failed, as King defeated Vilsack by eight points.

The NRA has remained silent since Friday’s tragedy. They deactivated their Facebook page, which had garnered 1.7 million likes. CREDO is not alone in trying to shift the blame to the NRA. Liberals have been attacking the organization on Twitter and Facebook, even calling for the murder of NRA members. The NRA is the nation’s largest pro-Second Amendment rights organization.

It is obvious that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary will renew the calls for more gun control in congress and state legislatures. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) stated on “Meet the Press” that she will introduce a bill as soon as the next congress convenes.

“It will ban the sale, the transfer, the transportation and the possession,” Feinstein said. “Not retroactively, but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets.”

During a memorial service Sunday night, President Obama also vowed to take action, but did not provide specifics.

“In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents, and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have?” he said.

Gun legislation is likely to be a hotly debated topic in the Iowa Legislature as well. Last year, House Democrats fled the capitol when Republicans scheduled two pro-Second Amendment bills for debate. It is safe to assume that Iowa Democrats, using the Connecticut shootings as an impetus, will introduce anti-gun legislation during the 2013 session.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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