Never again: Gun lobby promises help

With the debate sharpening on the issue of gun control in the aftermath of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting , the country's most powerful gun rights group broke its silence over the shooting and promised "to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.''

The tragedy continued to reverberate around America as citizens and lawmakers debated whether Newtown might be a turning point in the often polarising national discussion of gun-control.

The most powerful supporter of gun owners, the National Rifle Association (NRA), broke its silence Tuesday, four days after the school shooting. After a self-imposed media blackout that left many wondering how it would respond to the killings, the NRA said in a statement that its members were "shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders.''

The group — typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths — also said it wanted to give families time to mourn before holding a news conference Friday. "The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again,'' it said.

On Tuesday, the largest firearms maker in the US — Freedom Group International — said it is being put up for sale by its owner, which called last week's school shooting a "watershed event" in the debate over gun control. FGI makes Bushmaster rifles, the weapons thought to have been used in Friday's killings.

Obama to push bill to curb gun violence

Washington: President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded "concrete proposals" on curbing gun violence that he could send to Congress no later than January .

"This time, the words need to lead to action," Obama said. He added he will push legislation "without delay"and urged Congress to hold votes on the bill next year.

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