The National Rifle Association broke its silence Tuesday afternoon following the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The statement reads:

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.


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  • Adam

    Why stop with banning some guns‚ if that's the solution to prevent this from happening in the future. If bans are such a good idea‚ lets go ahead and ban meth and cocaine to get it off our streets as well.

  • chad

    To answer your questions Joe. Nobody is walking into schools and mowing down kids with hunting rifles, shotguns and knives. The are doing it with semi-automatic assault rifles and handguns that have large capacity magazines allowing nut jobs to fire off hundreds of round in mere minutes.

    I'm a sportman an outdoorsman and gun owner. I used to believe people had the right to own assault rifles and use them responsibly. I'm also a father and that all changed for me on Friday December 14th 2012. With freedom comes responsibility. American society has shown time and time again that it can not handle the responsibility of allowing ownership of assault rifles. Whether you like it or not we do live in a society.

    I'm not calling for an all out ban on assualt rifles, but they should be made much harder to obtain. You should have to prove your worthy of owning such a weapon, responsible enough to ensure that it never falls into the hands of a homicidal maniac. If you have children with mental issues/disorders.....sorry you can't own one. If you have a criminal past.....tough break this gun is not for you. If you can't pass a firearm safety and education course.....go buy a muzzleloader or BB gun.

    As for obtainig the guns illegally? I used to argue that these wackos could just purchase these assault rifles by illegal means, so whats the point of banning them? But here is the thing, all these mass shooting are being committed with legally purchased and registered firearms. None of these guns were purchased illegally. And if you want to crack down on illegal gun sales, how about we take all the money being completely wasted on enforcing marijuana laws (which to date has never directly killed anyone, ever) and use it to go after those selling guns illegally. We set up internet stings to catch child sex predators all the time these days, why can't we do that with people selling guns illegally over the internet.

    And, with all do respect, if you need more than 5 or 6 rounds to protect yourself and your family. I highly recommend you make a few more trips to the shooting range or change your lifestyle. Because if you have more that 2 or 3 people coming after you and your property you have some other issues.

  • Joe Parsons

    · There were 12,664 'murders' last year. As people scream about 'military looking firearms' that evidently intimidate some, know the facts. Of those murders, there were 8,583 committed with firearms. 6,220 were committed with handguns. Is the media screaming about banning handguns? No. There were 323 committed with rifles (including 'assault rifles). Of course, that is too many, but there were 356 killed with shotguns. Is the media ranting about shotguns? No. There were 1,694 murders committed by stabbing. Are we talking about banning knives? No. What is the expectation of decreasing the number of killings if we totally ban your so-called 'assault weapons', 323 total? The point is, the problem is not the AR-15, AK-47 or variant, or Uzi... The problem is greater than the gun, and banning them doesn't change things. Of the 62 mass killings since 1966, 4 were by only a 'military style' rifle. All the rest were either by handgun only, handgun and shotgun, handgun shotgun and rifle, explosives/arson, airplanes, and even a flame thrower. Crazy people getting guns....thats the problem. [FBI]Furthermore, the 'rate of fire' of a revolver is exactly the same as a semi-auto, meaning, a person with 2 revolvers can fire 20 rounds in 3-4 seconds (there are 10 round revolvers), so there is no relevance to "10 round magazines" for handguns, mine holds 17. If I have a handgun for personal protection, who is someone who sits behind a desk to say that 10 rounds is enough? Don't forget the purpose of the 2nd Amendment, its NOT to secure the right to hunt, but to protect your life, property, and

    • Stefanie

      THANK YOU JOE PARSONS!!!!!! I loved every word.

  • Mark Turner

    Then you really don't believe in the right to bear arms at all Robert!

    That is like saying the 1st Amendment only covers popular speech.

  • Robert Melphis

    I am a gun owner. I believe in the right to bear arms. Having said that I also believe semi-automatic assault rifles and high capacity magazines should be banned.