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The head of the Motion Picture Association of America has released the organization’s first public statement addressing last Friday’s deadly Newtown, Conn. school shooting and its lasting aftermath.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman and CEO of the MPAA, not only mourned those lost, but mentioned his own personal connection to Connecticut, and that those in the film industry “stand ready to be part of the national conversation.”

“As a citizen of Connecticut and having represented the people there for 36 years in Washington, I have been shocked and profoundly saddened by this tragedy. My heart goes out to the community as I know they will carry this pain with them long after the spotlight on Newtown has dimmed,” said Dodd in a statement released Thursday.

“As chairman of the MPAA and on behalf of the motion picture and television studios we represent, we join all Americans in expressing our sympathy as well as our horror and outrage at this senseless act of violence. Thus, I have reached out to the Administration to express our support for the President’s efforts in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Those of us in the motion picture and television industry want to do our part to help America heal. We stand ready to be part of the national conversation.”

What exact form that conversation will take was not revealed. The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 27 people dead, including 20 children, has had an immediate effect in Hollywood. Studios have canceled or delayed movie premieres, and television shows have switched or changed programming to be mindful of violent content.

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