Among the guns, knives, ammunition, and other items discovered by police in the Lanza home were two NRA certificates made out to Adam and Nancy Lanza, and a NRA handbook “NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting.”
The National Rifle Association, in a statement released on March 28th, flatly denies any relationship with the Lanza family.
There is no record of a member relationship between Newtown killer Adam Lanza, nor between Nancy Lanza, A. Lanza or N. Lanza with the National Rifle Association. Reporting to the contrary is reckless, false and defamatory.
So how to reconcile the two statements? Is the Connecticut Sate Police lying? The NRA? Both?
The correct answer would appear to be “none of the above.”
Reread the first sentence of the NRA’s carefully worded statement: “There is no record of a member relationship between Newtown killer Adam Lanza, nor between Nancy Lanza, A. Lanza or N. Lanza with the National Rifle Association.”
So, no “Adam Lanza” or “A. Lanza”. But what about “Adam Noah Lanza”? Adam N. Lanza? Or A. N. Lanza?
There are, in fact, several possible and entirely reasonable ways that the name could be listed in the NRA’s massive 4-million member database. And the NRA simply could be engaging in a bit of subterfuge on the matter. “A. Lanza? Nope. No A. Lanza here.”
But one should also note that neither the police nor the warrant indicated finding a NRA membership card on Lanza himself, nor were any such cards listed as being found in the Lanza home.
If one were to lookup the book found, the “NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting”, one would find that it’s listed on the NRA’s own Program Materials Center as the student text for the Basic Pistol Shooting Course.
A course designed to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.
Now, note the following, extracted from the course description.
Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.
Which answers the question.
NRA training courses are taught by a network of more than 5,000 firing range instructors across the country, and they are available to anyone, even if that person is not an NRA member.
So, at some point in time, both Nancy Lanza and her son attended a NRA-sponsored Basic Pistol Shooting Course, given by a certified NRA instructor. They both passed, and both received their NRA course completion certificates.
If you examine the above certificate, however, you’ll note that there’s a space for an NRA ID number, as well as a bar code that the NRA presumably uses to track its issued certificates.
So was there a “member relationship” between the Lanza’s and the NRA?
According to the NRA’s press release, and under the specific names given, apparently not.
But was there a “relationship”?
You be the judge.
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