The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby on Friday called for armed officers to be placed in every American school, saying, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
Breaking its silence a week after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children dead, the National Rifle Association blamed the media, a culture of violence and the lack of armed school security guards, among other factors, for such mass killings.
But leaders for the nearly 4 million NRA members said more guns — not fewer — was the way to address a spate of high-profile shootings in recent years.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said the lack of armed guards protecting children tells “every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame?” he added.