NRA cold calls to Sandy Hook anger locals

Last updated 09:51 26/03/2013

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Residents of the Connecticut town devastated by a deadly school shooting last year are outraged at receiving automated phone calls from the National Rifle Association only three months after a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members.

Newtown residents said the automated calls from the NRA began last week and urge people to tell their state legislators to oppose gun control proposals, which are being debated in Connecticut and other states following the shooting.

Some also said they received postcards from the NRA supporting gun owners' rights.

"It's ridiculous and insensitive," Newtown resident Dan O'Donnell told local television.

"I can't believe an organisation would be so focused on the rights of gun owners with no consideration for the losses this town suffered."

Another Newtown resident, Christopher Wenis, told The Huffington Post he received three of the NRA's robocalls last week.

"I've got a five-year-old son who went to preschool on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus," Wenis said.

"And this was a really hard week for me on a lot of levels. These calls were the very last thing I needed."

Like Congress and other state legislatures, Connecticut's General Assembly has been considering gun control measures following a string of mass shootings, including banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The NRA strongly opposes many gun control proposals including an assault weapons ban, saying government officials should better enforce existing gun laws and not impede constitutional rights.

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- AP

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