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After Newtown, NRA Ready to Make 'Meaningful Contributions'

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

After days of silence, the National Rifle Association, headquartered in Fairfax, has 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 the 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.

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 President Barack Obama said he wanted to tighten gun laws in light of Friday's shootings.

On the Hartland Patch Facebook page, readers have debated the issue of gun control laws, including Gov. Snyder's decision to veto the bill that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones.

Dennis Weber wrote that shooting sprees are taking place in schools and universities over 50 percent of the time.

"Why?" he wrote on the Facebook page. "Because these are easy targets. They are "Gun Free Zones." By allow(ing) law abiding gun owners to carry there, might just save some lives in the future. These gunman stop as soon as they are confronted by armed adversaries be it Law enforcement or Armed civilians. These shootings usually only last about 10 minutes on average and by the time cops arrive most the damage is done."

Other Hartland residents, however, like Mike Trussell disagreed.

"Just what we don't need is more guns in the schools," he wrote. "How about armed police officers instead."

NotLazy December 19, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Gary, I couldn't agree more with you. When games award a young person to sexually assualt and kill people, there is no doubt that it would build an indifference to the game player. I would be very intested to find out what types of games the offender in this case was playing....
NotLazy December 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I'm not sure banning assault weapons will be the solution. The cat's already out of the bag, and they are prevalent in our society. I would however suggest that no one under 30 years of age be allowed to own a weapon, with the exceptions of Law Enforcement and Veterans.
Fred December 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Lax You are correct and I apologize. This morning i heard a news story about how the Taliban stifil any desent in their regions as they proclaim a fundamentalism that is factually incorrect and brings harm to their constituents and death to innocents. The NRA's modus operandi while not being directly violent is, in my opinion, similar to the Taliban's.
paul porter December 19, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Julio. Have ya ever heard the term dirty cop. They are out there
D Weber December 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
What other Constitutional rights should be Taxed?

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