The National Rifle Association issued a statement on Tuesday, their first since the tragedy in Newtown.

"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," the statement read. "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."