NRA: Armed Guards in Every School

In a press conference this morning in Washington, D.C., NRA president David Keene and executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke out for the first time since last week’s tragedy in Newtown, CT. 

LaPierre pushed for armed security in schools, calling on Congres “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.” ”The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said, arguing that gun-free school zones put children at risk and leave them “utterly defenseless” against those who would do them harm.

LaPierre also took aim at the media, which he said reflexively blames the NRA and conceals the problem posed by violent movies and video games. ”Another little dirty secret the media tries to conceal,” he said, “is a callous corrupt and disgusting shadow industry” of “vicious violent video games.” He went on to call calls violent films “the filthiest form of pornography.”

The NRA is backing its proposals with action. Former GOP congressman Asa Hutchinson will partner with the organization to develop a “school shield” program that will help schools develop safety strategies that include armed security.

Hutchinson and the NRA spokesmen did not take questions. 

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