(WXYZ) - The National Rifle association has broken their silence over the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The organization issued the following statement saying they were "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by the news and announcing a news conference on Friday, December 21.
The statement reads as follows:
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.
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.
The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.
This is the first time the NRA has commented on the Sandy Hook shootings.