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After Newtown Tragedy, NRA to Make 'Meaningful Contributions'

The pro-gun rights group issues statement about preventing future tragedies after shooting that killed 28, including the gunman, in Connecticut.

After days of silence, the National Rifle Association released a statement Tuesday on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

In the release, the organization begins to explain its silence, saying: "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."

Critics had called out the group in the days following the shooting: As citizens and legislators began to fall on either side of a debate about what, if at all, should be done about gun laws, many wondered why the group was absent from the conversation.

Patch submitted a media request with the NRA, which also houses its National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, and has yet to receive comment. The organization released its statement Tuesday to the press

The organization announced it will hold a press conference Friday in Washington, D.C. 

More details on Friday's press conference will be released when timing is deemed "appropriate," according to the statement.

The statement comes after President Barack Obama said he wants to tighten gun laws in light of Friday's shootings.

See also:

Speak Out: Are Your Children Safe in School?

Should South Carolina's Teachers Be Armed?

Robert Campbell December 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Perhaps we now feel the pain Mexicans felt when the Obama administration sold guns to drug dealers. Perhaps we should re-visit fast and furious and send Eric Holder to Mexico to stand trial.
CRoberts December 19, 2012 at 02:32 PM
There is nothing to debate. We have a moral crisis in this country, and a history of treating the symptoms and not the disease. The 2nd Amend has nothing to do with sporting use of firearms, but the defensive use of arms. People bent on evil will find ways to carry out the evil in their hearts, look no further than the 9-11 or Timothy MCVey. In an instant over 4000 people perished in NYC. It's ironic that the people calling for gun control because of the tragic murder of 20 children, are the same ones who support the slaughter of hundreds of unborn children daily by abortion. What's wrong with this picture?
ronald mcdonald reporter December 19, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I agree Robert. Community college spits out some fine journalists these days doesnt it? I suppose when you are paid the equivalent of a fast food worker this is to be expected.
nuny ensenat December 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What happen in conn. dont have any thing to do whit gun control.Is obvious the guy have some mental issues and blame the mom for buying and take her son to know how to use a gun and practice on the range .All this is really sad ,and as a father the idea of losing a son is unbearable.But Im a gun owner too , and my daughters know how to use a rifle or a gun to hunt ,sport shooting or defend from an attacker. my 2 babies because whenever I see them as little girls are already in college and an never hurt anyone. has aspirations for a future that was stolen from these angels. were no weapons but who did that. weapons are the only tools person is the one who pulls the trigger has to be enjuiciado.regulando weapons will not prevent something similar happens. more help for people suffering from mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia or deprecion is what is needed. already proven that a large% of our youth suffer from these.
Ex-Navy December 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
New gun control laws won't keep the guns out of the hands of criminals, or people with psych problems. I bought a hand gun to protect my house and family against the hoods and drug dealers/users. Tighter laws will mean the only ones who have guns are those hoods and drug dealers/users. The guns they have aren't registered to them... they're all stolen from someone else!

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