The National Rifle Association responded on Friday to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Adam Lanza burst into the school exactly one week ago, and opened-fire. He killed 20 students and six adults, and then took his own life. He also shot to death his mother.
The Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, said he believes the way to prevent another tragedy is to have armed security guards at schools. He suggested there are millions of retired police officers, active-duty, reserve, and retired U.S. military personnel, firefighters, and other emergency responders who could serve as trained and qualified security guards. He wondered what could have happened if an armed security guard was at the elementary school, and was able to stop Lanza.
Former GOP congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the NRA’s effort to help schools develop safety programs.
LaPierre argued laws that create gun-free school zones leaves kids vulnerable and defenseless. He questioned why there are armed guards at banks, airports, office buildings, sports stadiums and around politicians, but not at schools. He also blamed our society for permitting violent video games and bloody movies. He also questioned why our country can’t afford a policeman at every school, even though it sends massive amounts of financial aid to other countries.
Protesters interrupted him two times during his speech. They yelled the gun rights group has blood on its hands, and is responsible for the deaths of children.