NRA Releases Statement Following Connecticut School Shooting

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM EDT

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NRA Releases Statement Following Connecticut School Shooting

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM EDT

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday issued a statement following last week's tragic  elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The statement, which is posted on the NRA website 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.

Visit the NRA website HERE.