After four days of silence, the National Rifle Association of America issued a statement about the horrific mass shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Here's the statement it sent to Adweek late Tuesday afternoon:
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 group also announced it will hold a major news conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Meanwhile, the NRA also took its social media channels off mute, tweeting its statement shortly after releasing the message to the media.
— NRA (@NRA) December 18, 2012