NRA calls for armed of­fi­cers at all schools to pre­vent vi­o­lence

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Nedra Pick­ler and Philip El­liott NRA

WASHINGTON — Guns and po­lice of­fi­cers in all Amer­i­can schools are what’s needed to stop the next killer “wait­ing in the wings,” the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion de­clared Fri­day, tak­ing a no-re­treat stance in the face of grow­ing calls for gun con­trol af­ter the Con­necti­cut shoot­ings that claimed the lives of 26 chil­dren and school staff mem­bers.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Some mem­bers of Congress who had op­posed gun-con­trol pro­pos­als have be­gun to sug­gest some con­ces­sions could be made, and a fierce de­bate over leg­is­la­tion seems likely next month. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has de­manded “real ac­tion, right now.”

The na­tion’s largest gun­rights lobby broke its week­long si­lence on the shoot­ing ram­page at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School with a defiant pre­sen­ta­tion. The event was billed as a news con­fer­ence, but NRA lead­ers took no ques­tions. Twice, they were in­ter­rupted by ban­ner-wav­ing pro­test­ers, who were re­moved by se­cu­rity.

LaPierre de­liv­ered a 25minute tirade against the

Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Wayne LaPierre said Fri­day, ‘The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’

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