December 21st, 2012
08:43 PM ET

NRA calls for armed personnel in schools

In a press conference Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Director Wayne LaPierre announced the organization will not support gun-control measures in light of the Newtown, CT school shootings.

"We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work - and by that I mean armed security," said LaPierre after finally breaking his silence on the shooting that has sparked a national debate.

LaPierre suggested an armed officer could have prevented Adam Lanza from claiming the lives of 20 adults and six children at Sandy Hook Elementary. He also blamed the media for promoting gun violence in movies and video games.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre added.

Despite tight security measures the conference was interrupted twice by pro-gun control protesters, shouting phrases like "ban assault weapons now."

The NRA will develop and fund the preventative action "National School Shield Emergency Response Program" for schools  that want it. The program will train school administrators on how to properly protect their facilities.

Outfront tonight: Mark Glaze, director of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Steve Dulan of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.

Filed under: CT Shooting • Gun Control
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