Breaking its silence four days after the slaughter in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association said Tuesday it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
The NRA went silent in the wake of the tragedy last Friday. Its 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."
On Tuesday, the group said it would hold a "major news conference" Friday in the Washington D.C., area to further explain its position. It did not offer details.
In 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 4 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."