It Took the NRA Four Days to Come Up With ‘Shocked, Saddened, and Heartbroken’

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National Rifle Association (NRA) President Charlton Heston holds up a rifle during his address at the 131st NRA convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, April 27, 2002. Heston announced that he would remain president of the NRA for an unprecedented fifth term. (Photo by Candice Towell/Getty Images)

After a closely watched silence on the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association spoke up today in a brief statement. "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," it reads. "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." Now that the anti-gun voices have had a head-start, the group teased that it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again," and plans to say more at a "major" news conference near Washington, D.C., on Friday. That should be something.