Critic calls re­sponse lu­di­crous, in­sult­ing

NRA

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no­tion that an­other gun law would stop killings in a cul­ture where chil­dren are ex­posed daily to vi­o­lence in video games, movies and mu­sic videos. He ar­gued that guns are the so­lu­tion, not the prob­lem.

“Be­fore Congress re­con­venes, be­fore we en­gage in any lengthy de­bate over leg­is­la­tion, reg­u­la­tion or any­thing else; as soon as our kids re­turn to school af­ter the hol­i­day break, we need to have ev­ery sin­gle school in Amer­ica im­me­di­ately de­ploy a pro­tec­tion pro­gram proven to work,” LaPierre said. “And by that, I mean armed se­cu­rity.”

He said Congress should im­me­di­ately ap­pro­pri­ate funds to post an armed po­lice of­fi­cer in ev­ery school. Mean­while, he said the NRA would de­velop a school emer­gency re­sponse pro­gram that would in­clude vol­un­teers from the group’s 4.3 mil­lion mem­bers to help guard chil­dren.

His armed-of­fi­cers idea was lam­basted by gun con­trol ad­vo­cates, and not even the NRA’s point man on the ef­fort seemed will­ing to go so far. Former Repub­li­can Rep. Asa Hutchin­son of Arkansas, whom LaPierre named na­tional di­rec­tor of the pro­gram, said de­ci­sions about armed guards in schools should be made by lo­cal dis­tricts.

“I think ev­ery­one rec­og­nizes that an armed pres­ence in schools is some­times ap­pro­pri­ate,” Hutchin­son said. “That is one op­tion. I would never want to have a manda­tory re­quire­ment for ev­ery school district to have

Ac­tivist Medea Ben­jamin is es­corted out of the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion’s news con­fer­ence Fri­day. The NRA broke its week­long si­lence Fri­day af­ter the shoot­ing ram­page at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in New­town, Conn.

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