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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
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)

(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.)

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Dec 19, 2012 7:37 AM CST
Maybe someone should light up the NRA office for Xmas.
Dec 19, 2012 1:46 AM CST
Just watch Mitch McConnell in the new year. He's going to hope that we all forget about the victims of gun violence. Any laws reaching The Senate will be sandbagged by the GOP. They'll use convenient excuses to halt any legislation. What excuses you ask? How about spending 3 months on the definition of an assault weapon. How about a separate debate on each gun type. That will ensure that no legislation passes so Republicans can get campaign money from the NRA.
Dec 19, 2012 1:18 AM CST
Newsflash Imhotep, the only ones covered in blood regarding this crime are the killer himself and all anti-gun nut morons who helped him by creating "gun free" zones which allowed this shooting to happen and all other just like it unchallenged. Had anyone at Sandy Hook had a firearm other than the psychotic killer it might have turned out with the then would be shooter dead and all the others still alive. But in your infinite lack of wisdom you attack the one thing and the one way best suited to stop threats like this one. So feel free to enjoy your success here. Gun free zone = massacre waiting to happen. For any anti-gunners out there, should any of you still have any common sense left in you stop being suckered by irrational emotionally crippled people whose hatred of guns blinds them to the obvious and needed benefits of having them in the hands of honest citizens, teachers included.