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The Connecticut school massacre: Read the NRA's first public comments
After days of silence, the powerful lobbying group says it is heartbroken
 
Protesters march to the lobbying offices of the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17.

Protesters march to the lobbying offices of the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17.

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The National Rifle Association, the influential lobbying group that is a driving force behind America's lax gun laws, on Tuesday released its first statement since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 26 people. Read the statement below:

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.

The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.

 

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