December 18, 2012
Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance
Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance briefs the media Saturday in Newtown, Conn. (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images)

Fox News was right. The National Rifle Association is indeed breaking out on the matter of Newtown, with a press conference on Friday.

The text of the NRA’s statement today:

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.

Blasting out word about an upcoming press conference in a time of crisis: That’s not the way this organization does things, according to gun-control advocate Josh Sugarman. “Following high-profile shootings, they go into lockdown. They express cursory sympathy for the victims, say now is the time to grieve and not talk about gun control, and then hope everyone moves on,” writes Sugarman via e-mail.

Though the Erik Wemple Blog abhors hyperbole, it’s getting ready to call this one of the most anticipated trade-association press conferences in Beltway history.

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Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.