The National Rifle Association (NRA) sparked controversy in Newtown after it reportedly sent out robocalls and pro-gun postcards to Newtown residents this week, according to a report in The Huffington Post.
The Newtown Action Alliance, a local gun-control advocacy group, posted a message to its Facebook page Thursday about the calls. The group received numerous responses from upset residents who received either a postcard or robocall from the NRA.
"I received one of these," Newtown resident Christopher Wenis wrote on Facebook earlier this week. "I was insulted and offended."
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Wenis said that in the 36 hours after he initially posted a comment on Facebook, he received two more robocalls from the NRA.
Robocalls are not a new initiative for the NRA or for many large advocacy groups. Charities and advocacy groups are exempt from many of the restrictions placed on commercial telemarketing calls by the Federal Trade Commission. Advocacy groups regularly purchase mailing and phone lists from other organizations, according to The Huffington Post.
Many Newtown residents are still shocked that they were not exempted from this round of NRA postcards and robocalls.