POSTED: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 12:26pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The National Rifle Association speaks out for the first time since the deadly school shooting in Connecticut later today.
The NRA says it's been silent this past week out of respect for the victims.
Some of its supporters here are re-thinking gun control, and want the NRA involved.
"They need to be part of this dialogue of how we move forward," says West Virginia Senator John Boehner.
The week after the tragedy saw record gun sales and record buy-backs around the country as Washington considers bringing back the assault weapons ban.
President Obama's put Vice President Biden in charge of coming up with new ideas.
In a video posted this morning on YouTube the president urged 400,000 people who've signed gun violence petitions this week to get involved.
"Organizing, speaking up, calling their members of Congress as many times as it takes, standing up and saying 'Enough' on behalf of all our kids," Mr. Obama said.
Owners say the answer to prevent more violence may be more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
"As long as you have teachers, kids and administrators in a building that is defenseless or you have people in malls who are defenseless or theaters who are defenseless, this is gonna happen again," argues Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party Chair Jane Bilello.
After Columbine and Virginia Tech, the NRA supported a few restrictions, but opposed most.