Tasha Devoe

Amid the tidal wave of shock and grief that followed the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the gun-control lobby immediately launched a well-coordinated campaign to pressure Congress and the Obama administration into enacting stricter regulation of guns and rifles.

These forces — led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — had the playing field largely to themselves.

That is soon to change.

A statement released late Tuesday by the Fairfax, Va.-based organization announced that it would hold a “major” news conference on Friday. Issued by an aide to NRA President Wayne LaPierre, the statement also conveyed condolences for the murders and expressed the group’s willingness to offer “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

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