The national Rifle Association has been very quiet following the Newtown shootings. they issued a release yesterday.

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There is no doubt that this tragedy has already further ignited the gun control battle and brought it to the nation's forefront. It is certainly the most talked about issue on social media since last week's tragedy. Here is the statement that was issued by the NRA.

The National Rifle Association of America is made up of 4 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, D.C., area

on Friday, December 21.”