NRA to hold news conference Friday

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The National Rifle Association has issued a statement on the Newtown shooting incident after days of staying silent.

The NRA also plans a news conference for Friday in Washington, DC, saying it's prepared to offer "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

Full 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.

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."