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NRA ISSUES FIRST STATEMENT: Says It's Prepared To Help Ensure Mass Shootings Never Happen Again

"The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

The National Rifle Association has broken its silence following its spell of quiet in the wake of the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Tuesday afternoon, the NRA issued this statement:

The 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.

Details will be released to the media at the appropriate time.

The statement follows days of speculation that the country may be ready to consider stricter gun control laws. Over the weekend, President Barack Obama signaled a readiness to take up the isssue, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she is prepared to bring back legislation that would ban assault weapons across the country.

What are your thoughts? Which direction should the NRA head?

TVOR December 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Its not impossible for a gun owner to keep their guns out of the wrong hands, this gun owner just failed to do so. It is not impossible for parents to keep their guns out of the hands of their kids, but many parents fail to do so. It would be far more effective to more strenuously enforce the laws regarding safe firearms storage and handling than to try to remove all of the guns. Guns will always be here even if the government bans them. I do hope you will do some research and see how the mere existance of firearms in our society does not equal tragedies like school shootings. It is irresponsible use, handling, and storage of firearms that is responsible for the vast majority of firearm related injuries. The very notion of the government trying to deny us our 2nd ammendment rights is reason enough for patriots to have firearms. This is exactly why our forefathers wrote the 2nd ammendment.
TVOR December 24, 2012 at 05:41 AM
"Next, the Founding Fathers created the 2nd Amendment because they didn't want to pay the cost of a regular standing army" I have not seen any historical documentation to support that assertion.
Sierra Mist December 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM
. It may not be impossible but over the years too many people have had to die because of the wrong person that had a gun in their hand, weather it be some mad drunk or some kid playing with dads gun and shooting his friend, or a school shooter, whatever the reason I think the right to life is much more important than gun owners rights to have guns.Why should our society have to depend on gun owners to keep us safe. It has not worked in the past. Shane is right that when Our Founding Fathers created the 2nd Amendment the guns were not so powerful as they are today. We need change since guns have changed and there are too many gun owners who are not able to have guns without inflicting serious damage to people.
TVOR December 25, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Sierra, you speak like someone who has very strong feelings about firearms but who knows very little about them. The firearms in existence when the 2nd ammendment was written were plenty powerful, but they were not nearly as accurate. I would contend that todays firearms are much safer because they are far more accurate, more reliable (many weapons made back then were prone to spectacular failures due to improper loading and malfunctions) and are made to much stricter standards. I get that "assault weapons" are scary to those who are afraid of guns, but tha fact that they are scary does not mean they should be taken away. They are tools and as such can do no harm without the help of a human being.

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