A sign near Chalk Hill Middle school greets students from Sandy Hook December 18, 2012 in Monroe, Connecticut. When Sandy Hook students resume their studies, they will be at the currently unused Chalk Hill School in the nearby town of Monroe. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Rifle Association released a statement of condolence for the victims and families involved in the Sandy Hook School shooting on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the 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.
Also, in the statement, the National Rifle Association says they plan to hold a "major news conference" on Friday.