The National Rifle Association is calling for an armed guard in every school in America by the time students return from winter break in January.
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun," said Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, at a press conference this morning in response to last week's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 people dead, including 20 small children.
The NRA, the largest gun rights group in the country, will develop and fund a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers, LaPierre said.
LaPierre said armed guards protect banks, stadiums, and the president but not schools, sending the message to would-be killers that these are the safest environments in which to carry out crimes. He made no comment about gun control measures now being discussed in Washington, and blamed violence in video games, movies and music for encouraging crimes.
LaPierre took no questions from reporters during the half hour press conference that included two interruptions from protesters.
One man held up a huge pink sign with white letters that said, "NRA KILLING OUR KIDS." LaPierre fell silent as the man was led out screaming, "NRA stop killing our children. We've got to end the arming, end the violence, stop the killing. The NRA is killing our children. They are the perpetrators ."
Later, a woman in the audience interrupted, yelling,"NRA has blood on your hands. Shame on the NRA. Ban assault weapons now," before being led out.
A reporter asked LaPierre to respond to the protesters, but he ignored the request.