(CBS NEWS) -- In its first comment following the horrific shooting in Newtown,
Connecticut, the National Rifle Association today said it is "prepared
to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens
The NRA went silent in the wake of the tragedy last Friday: The gun-rights group's Facebook page disappeared, it stopped sending out tweets, and it told reporters that "[u]ntil the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment."
Tuesday, the group said it would hold a "major news conference" on
Friday, December 21 in the Washington D.C., area to further explain its
position. It did not offer additional details on the press conference.
addition to promising "meaningful contributions" to avert another
tragedy, 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 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," the statement
reads. "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."