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NRA ends silence on Conn. shootings

Says it will offer ‘meaningful contributions’

WASHINGTON — After four days of self-imposed silence on the shooting that killed 26 people inside a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation’s largest gun rights lobby emerged Tuesday and promised ‘‘to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.’’

The National Rifle Association explained its unusual absence ‘‘out of respect for the families and as a matter of common decency’’ after Friday’s shooting that left 20 children dead, all ages 6 or 7.

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