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After Newtown, NRA Ready to Make 'Meaningful Contributions'

Virginia-headquartered group issues statement about preventing future tragedies after shooting that killed 28, including the gunman, in Connecticut.

After four days of silence, the National Rifle Association, headquartered in Fairfax, Va., released a statement on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

In a release, the organization begins to explain its silence, saying: "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."

Critics had called out the group in the days following the shooting: As citizens and legislators began to fall on either side of a debate about what, if at all, should be done about gun laws, many wondered why the group was absent from the conversation.

Patch submitted a media request with the NRA, which also houses its National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, and has yet to receive comment. The organization released its statement Tuesday to the press

The organization announced it will hold a press conference Friday in Washington, D.C. 

More details on Friday's press conference will be released when timing is deemed "appropriate," according to the statement.

The statement comes after both President Barack Obama and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said they want to tighten gun laws in light of Friday's shootings.

"Enough is enough," said Warner, who has an "A" rating from the NRA.

“I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” the Democrat from Alexandria said outside the Virginia Capitol, where he was attending an unrelated meeting, The Washington Post reported Monday.

“But the status quo isn’t acceptable," he continued, as reported by the Post. "There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition.”

See also:

Sen. Warner: Newtown is 'Game Changer' on Guns

Gov. McDonnell Orders School Safety Review

City Schools Release Letter in Response to Newtown Shootings

Dick’s Suspends Sale of Modern Rifles

Erica R. Hendry and Mary Ann Barton contributed reporting to this story.

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Charlie Kaiman December 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
A response from the NRA...where is the response from our community leaders? For days now, we've all listened to the President respond, and now, the NRA. But where is the response from our local leaders? To be honest, I didn't think about the silence much until I dropped my daughter off at school on Monday...and now Wednesday. But what are we doing to ensure that this kind of tragedy doesn't affect our local community? What steps have we taken, as a community, to ensure the safety of our youngest citizens? I understand that we can't control every circumstance and tragedy, but the silence in this case has been deafening. I don't think anyone expects instant answers, but how about some measure of solace? Some degree of responsibility that we all have as a community to ensure that we're doing whatever it takes to ensure that this kind of tragedy doesn't occur in our neck of the woods? Simple steps...something...anything?
Unknown Sender December 20, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Folks, maybe not the best idea, but then thats what the comments are for.... limiting guns by law or even banning them isnt gonna stop this. i dont think it can be stopped. there will always be someone somewhere who will gain access to a weapon for whatever reason. we cant stop that. and its not fair to ban weapons for those who are able to abide by human law and moral rights. not to mention, its not fair to hurt the families fed by working in factorys or gun stores by banning weapons (theyre out of work then). its not the gun anyways, its the human behind it. so, heres an idea. since we cant do the above, how about securing the schools. if we can put those superman stopping special doors on banks that gaurd 'paper', why cant we do this for schools? and never build schools near tall buildings either for the lamea** who shoots from the outside (ie: lee malvo type). and no windows either. you may laugh but i spent 4 years in HS with no windows! it can be done! its school for pete sake not a window show.
Unknown Sender December 20, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Cont. for space.... there are already police officers that are assigned to schools. have them gaurd the special doors. once everyone is in whos supposed to be, thats it. give the schools uninteruptable communications (in case a child gets hurt) to 911 and certainly local numbers (call mom and dad) along with adequate automated fire systems. dont forget backup power. folks, we do this for govt buildings why not schools? the taxpayer already pays for this! hard to believe we use glass to protect paper but nothing to protect flesh from metal. why is that? one more thing, institute instant death penalty by firing squad (single shot) for those who take lives without taking their own ( let Texas write this bill ). if we make our schools so that it takes the US Military to get in, then so be it. or would you rather go back to your zombie killing on tv?

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