You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe



Robocalls in Newtown: Hello, it’s the NRA

Robocalls, in which an automated service sends recorded messages to the phones of certain families, can be a sophisticated means for politicians and advocacy groups to target particular citizens for votes or support. The National Rifle Association is scrambling to curb any restrictions on gun purchases in the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and it has every right to use robocalls to advance its cause.

But when the NRA began ringing the phones of families in the very same Newtown, announcing an “urgent legislative alert” about efforts to restrict “your gun rights,” the tactic seemed to show the extent of the NRA’s bullying extremism — and its insensitivity. The failure to scrub the numbers of Newtown residents from the call list suggests a lack of courtesy, if not decency.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week