As the debate over gun control rages after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the National Rifle Association has been noticeably absent. The NRA deactivated its Facebook page and has declined to comment publicly on the tragic events that occurred last week in Newtown, Connecticut. The NRA broke the silence today, however, and released its first public statement on the shooting.
The NRA said that it would hold a full press conference on Friday, December 21 in the Washington D.C. area.
The statement from the NRA 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. Details will be released to the media at the appropriate time.”
The call to ban assault weapons has grown louder since the shooting in Connecticut. President Obama and several other politicians have spoken out saying that it is time to do something about the gun laws in America. The NRA is the biggest supporter of gun rights and it will be interesting to see how they handle their “major” news conference on Friday.
What do you think the NRA will say on Friday?