Updated 12/22/2012 10:47 AM
NRA calls for armed guards in schools
A week after the Newtown shooting, the National Rifle Association finally speaks out. Our Washington, D.C. reporter Erin Billups has more on the NRA's call to keep schools safe with tougher security.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Rifle Association wants to put armed police officers or trained security volunteers in every school in America.
"What if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he'd been confronted by qualified armed security? Twenty-six innocent lives might have been spared that day," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
After a week of silence following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the NRA finally offered its “meaningful contribution” to the nation's gun violence problem.
LaPierre said, "Why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect the President, but bad when it's used to protect our children in our schools?"
While the NRA's response focused mainly on school security, they also suggested creating a national database for the mentally ill and took aim at the video game industry. And also blamed Hollywood, the media and music videos for contributing to a violent culture.
"Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?" LaPierre asked.
LaPierre sought to strike a somber tone as he plead for the nation to consider the NRA's point of view, but he was disrupted twice by protestors that had slipped past security into the press conference.
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called the NRA's announcement a missed opportunity that falls far short of a truly comprehensive solution.
"The NRA has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner," Blumenthal said.
Since the Newtown shooting, the White House has received hundreds of thousands of signatures petitioning for stronger gun control legislation.
Friday, the President responded.
"We hear you," Obama said.
Promising to push through gun control legislation in the New Year.