After five days of silence, the National Rifle Association finally released a statement on the deadly mass shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, which killed 20 children and 6 adults.
The National Rifle Association said that it did not release a statement earlier because of "respect for the families" and that it would hold a news conference on December 21.
Here is what the National Rifle Association said in their statement:
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.
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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.