UDPATE 12-21-12: The NRA held a press conference today calling for armed guards in schools. Read the transcript here.
5:17 p.m. UPDATE: The NRA has released a statement.
In explaining their silence, the pro-gun-rights group says:
Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.
A news conference is set for Dec. 21. USA TODAY has a story here.
BEGIN ORIGINAL POST: As the National Rifle Association remains conspicuous in absence following the Sandy Hook shootings, more media are dissecting the pro-gun-rights group’s strategy of silence as calls for more gun regulations mount.
From USA TODAY’s Chuck Raasch and Kevin Johnson: NRA is mum amid calls for change after Newtown shootings.
(Disclosure: I worked on this story prior to publication.)
The Associated Press (via the Christian Science Monitor) has their own take, asking: No NRA tweets or comments: A savvy tactic or mistake?
Finally, the NPR looks at what we the media got wrong in the first horrific hours of the unfolding tragedy, a series of mistakes that can be partly blamed on the speed-to-market directives that power digital journalism but may also have been rooted in sloppy sourcing and a failure to adhere to the journalistic basics of who, what, where, when and why.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The views expressed here are mine and not my employer’s.