NRA Breaks Silence: 'Heartbroken' Over Rampage

Group promises 'meaningful contributions' at Friday news conference

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2012 3:56 PM CST

(Newser) – The NRA went into a public blackout after the Sandy Hook shootings, but the group broke its silence today with a promise to offer "meaningful" ways to prevent future rampages. "We were shocked, saddened and heartbroken," it says in a statement, adding that it went silent out of respect for the victims. The statement said the group "is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again," reports USA Today. It plans a "major" news conference Friday to explain exactly what that means. (Read the full statement.)

Schoolchildren look out the window of their bus as they head back to school in Newtown, Conn., Tuesday. Classes did not resume at Sandy Hook Elementary.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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