Connecticut senators slam NRA's Newtown robocalls

"These calls opens a wound that these families are still trying hard to heal,” wrote the two Democrats

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 25, 2013 8:25PM (EDT)

Following outrage from the Newtown community, two Connecticut senators decried NRA robocalls urging residents to oppose gun control legislation, just three months after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In a statement, Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats, slammed the "inappropriate automated phone calls pushing the National Rifle Association’s extreme agenda," and called on the NRA to stop the "incredibly insensitive" calls.

“In a community that’s still very much in crisis, to be making these calls opens a wound that these families are still trying hard to heal,” they wrote.“Put yourself in the shoes of a victim’s family member who gets a call at dinnertime asking them to support more assault weapons in our schools and on our streets.”

"Robocalling members of the Newtown community to promote your agenda less than 100 days after the horrific shooting is absolutely beyond the pale," Murphy and Blumenthal continued. "Again, we call on you to show some basic decency and cease and desist these calls."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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