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NRA Weighs in on Newtown Shooting

Two protesters removed from National Rifle Association conference in DC on Dec. 21.

The National Rifle Association responded to the shooting tragedy at Newtown, CT in a news conference that was live-streamed on NRA.org at 11 a.m.

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the NRA, spoke to the loss of life in Connecticut before defending the rights of gun owners and talking about some of the larger challenges. 

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a guy is a good guy with a gun," he said.

LaPierre also pointed to the violent video games that are so pervasive in modern society.

"Here's another dirty little truth that the media does its best to conceal," he said, referring to a "callous, corrupt shadow industry" of "vicious, violent video games."

LaPierre also called for armed police officers in every school. And he said the NRA is available and willing to assist with training needs.

Wayne LaPierre's remarks in full may be read here.

Dave Hogg December 21, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Columbine High School had an armed safety officer. It didn't help. It's not the answer.
Brad Ather III December 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Because he's going to pay increased taxes to pay for these officers? And it isn't video games. This guy is ancient and has no idea what he's talking about. But ignorance is bliss.
Col. Duke Lacrosse December 22, 2012 at 05:58 AM
"Columbine High School had an armed safety officer. It didn't help. It's not the answer." It didn't help? Are you completely ignorant? Eric Harris engaged in a gunfight with the Deputy Sheriff assigned to Columbine HS. If Harris had free reign and not been engaged in that gunfight with the Deputy Sheriff, how many more dead kids would we be talking about? If we enact one more law against this or that inanimate object, it won't matter. Evil people will continue to perpetrate evil regardless of whatever feel-good do-nothing laws are passed. Meanwhile, law-abiding folks will be further deprived of the means to defend themselves from evil. That nutbag in CT acted out some disgusting death fantasy because CT law told him no one there would be able to fight back against him. Those laws are the most obvious problem. Give school employees the option to carry the means to defend themselves, or put armed guards in every school, then you'll see meaningful deterrence to these horrible acts of violence.

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