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NRA releases statement following Conn. massacre

The National Rifle Association has released its first reaction since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people including 20 children.

The group had stayed silent since the tragedy, but now says it plans to hold a news conference on Friday.

Here’s the group’s full 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.”