(CNN) - The National Rifle Association said in a statement Tuesday it was "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by news of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. It said it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
The group explained its several days of silence was "out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency."
It is the most prominent national gun rights group and spent $17 million this year on federal elections. Since Friday's shooting, several legislators have said they plan to submit, support, or consider strengthened federal gun legislation.
(CNN) - Legislators from around the country rose to the microphone in the House and Senate Monday with heavy hearts in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting that left 20 young students and six adults dead.
Both sides of the capitol observed a moment of silence and members from around the country offered tributes.
(CNN) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called for federal legislators to act on gun control legislation in the wake of shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and said laws could have been in place which may have prevented this shooting.
"Do I think Washington, D.C., needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun control laws at the federal level?" he asked. "You bet I do."
(CNN) – Another high-profile Democrat with strong backing from the National Rifle Association said Monday it was time for tougher gun laws.
"I believe every American has Second Amendment rights. The ability to hunt is part of our culture. I have an NRA rating of an 'A,' but enough is enough," Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told WBBT, a local CNN affiliate in Richmond.
Washington (CNN) - As the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut remain fresh in the minds of Americans, a big question is whether the deaths of 20 young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School will impact public opinion on gun control.
Three polls conducted immediately after Friday's tragedy indicate that the shootings may be changing some minds.
(CNN) – Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.
The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January.
(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia and "proud gun owner," said Monday he believes last week's Connecticut elementary school shooting should be the tipping point in the debate over limiting gun rights.
"Who would have ever thought, in America, or anywhere in the world, that children would be slaughtered?" he said on CNN's "Amanpour." "You know, that–it's changed me."
Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) – President Barack Obama turned the nation's attention to America's children Sunday night when he addressed families in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of last week's fatal school shooting.
"This is our first task, caring for our children. Our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged," Obama said. "Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? ... I've been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer's no. We're not doing enough. And we will have to change."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama offered the condolences of a nation to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, during a memorial service Sunday night, saying, "All across this land of ours, we have wept with you. ... Newtown, you are not alone."
Saying "we can't accept events like this as routine," Obama said he'll use "whatever power" he has to prevent "more tragedies like" what happened Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, where 26 were killed in a mass school shooting before the gunman killed himself.
"Surely we can do better than this," the president said.
See the full speech after the jump.
(CNN) – Lawmakers tend to stay quiet in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings, hoping to avoid attempts to politicize such tragedy.
But two days after the attack that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers were eager to take on the gun debate Sunday - with many saying a tipping point had finally been reached to pass stricter laws.