The National Rifle Association’s Twitter and Facebook pages were silent for several days since a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown. The group broke its silence Tuesday with a statement and announcement that it would conduct a press conference on Friday, Dec. 21.

The NRA statement is below:

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, D.C. area on Friday, Dec. 21.

Details will be released to the media at the appropriate time.