“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 organization said in a statement on Tuesday.
“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.”
It went further, adding that it intends to hold a news conference on Friday after staying silent as a matter of common decency and out of respect for families in Newtown where a gunman killed 20 children dozens of children last Friday, Reuters writes.
“The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again,” the statement said. An NRA spokesman did not immediately respond when asked speak about further details.
While the National Rifle Association of America broke the silence and stopped all social media activity, NRA News, a show owned and operated by the organization, still broadcasts online.
The show pays lots of attention to the Friday’s bloody rampage, and hosts and guests alike have said directly that the shooting should not be blamed on guns.
On Friday, NRA News host Cam Edwards suggested that guns were not to blame, but it was just a matter of an absence of love, an argument similar to the one made by former Gov. Mike Huckabee that same day.
“I don’t think the issue is an issue; I don’t think the issue is parenting, or Hollywood, or guns, or rap music, or young men…. It is the foundational stuff… whether it’s a lack of love, a lack of empathy for others, an apathy,” Edwards said.
On Monday, NRA News host Ginny Simone led her program with “the national debate about the need for tougher gun laws,” during which both she and her guest, conservative columnist John Fund, stuck to anti-gun control talking points, Politico reports.
“What do we see coming right out of this tragedy right away? You’ve got Mayor Bloomberg, you’ve got Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein insisting that we need tougher gun laws,” Simone said.
“And you look at Connecticut, and they’re number five when it comes to the strictest gun laws in the country.”
“Look, some people just want to turn this into a political football. Most of them know that you’re not actually going to pass gun control laws. It’s just not going to happen,” Fund replied.
“For them to come right out of the box within hours, or barely a day after this, and talk about new gun control legislation is either irrelevant or it’s frivilous.”
Elsewhere in the program, Fund said the shooting was “a mental health issue as much as anything,” pointing out that before the Newtown shooting, “the top three school shooting incidents in the world were not in the United States, the top three were in either Britain or Germany, which have extremely strict gun control laws — far stricter than anything in this country.”