The National Rifle Association (NRA) broke their silence over the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown CT. After the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA did not release any statements for several days, explaining, "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." Meanwhile, angry advocates for gun control peppered the NRA's facebook page and twitter account with messages calling for gun control, and some unfriendly wishes for the NRA, until the NRA temporarily shut down both accounts.
In its statement, the NRA expressed sympathy for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting:
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 NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
What that meaningful contribution will be, but don't bet on the NRA endorsing any form of gun control. More likely would be a mental health initiative, or some good will gesture that doesn't affect gun sales.