NRA Issues 1st Statement On Newtown, Sets 'Major News Conference'.
The NRA (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57559718/nra-falls-silent-after-conn-school-carnage/) went silent in the wake of the tragedy last Friday. Its Facebook page disappeared, it stopped sending out tweets, and it (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57559325/will-connecticut-school-shooting-spur-gun-control-action/?pageNum=2) told reporters that "[u]ntil the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment."
On Tuesday, the group said it would hold a "major news conference" Friday in the Washington D.C., area to further explain its position. It did not offer details.
In addition to promising "meaningful contributions" to avert another tragedy, (http://home.nra.org/#/nraorg) the NRA said in its short statement that its members were heartbroken by the shooting:
"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of 4 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."