The National Rifle Association released a statement Tuesday afternoon, its first since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. last Friday morning.
"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. 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. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
In addition, the NRA says it plans to hold a major news conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday.