Personally, I think the NRAs response is exactly right, assuming they've done it out of respect for the families. Unfortunately, they haven't really said much, so we're kind of guessing.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.