NRA says answer to school violence is more guns in schools listen12/21/12 wire services including AP
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The National Rifle Association broke its silence today on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer waiting in the wings.
"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school â€” and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January."
At a Washington news conference, Wayne LaPierre blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out. He did not mention the role of the U.S. military. But he did say that gun free zones at schools encourage killers.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
He refused to take any questions after speaking. Even though security was tight, two protesters from CodePink were able to interrupt LaPierre's speech, holding up signs that blamed the NRA for killing children.
The second protester, Medea Benjamin, who yelled out to ban assault weapons now! Both were escorted out, shouting that guns in schools are not the answer.
LaPierre announced that former U.S. Representative Asa Hutchison, a Republican from Arkansas, will lead an NRA program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers.
Meanwhile in Connecticut, the chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown at 9:30 this morning They commemorated one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community â€” and the nation â€” to its core.