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The National Rifle Association of America, Fairfax, Va., released its first statement at 4:19 p.m. Dec. 18, in response to the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The shooter killed 27 teachers and students. He shot and killed his mother at her home and killed himself at the school.
The NRA statement reads: "…[W]e 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."
Activists marched on the NRA's D.C. office on Dec. 17 regarding its stances and policies toward gun control. Also, the Brady Campaign released a letter on Dec. 18 from families and friends of 32 people killed in incidences involving guns.
"[W]e are calling for a respectful and civil public conversation, focused simply on making this the safer nation we all want and deserve....We are prepared to hold our elected leaders accountable to do everything they can to enact such solutions," the Brady letter reads. Details: www.nrahq.org.