Top US gun lobby wants armed officers in schools

The most powerful gun-rights lobby in the US said Friday it wants to address gun violence by having an armed police officer in every school in the country.

The comments by the National Rifle Association came exactly a week after a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut school, including 20 children ages 6 and 7. The comments were the group's first substantial ones since the shooting, while pressure has mounted in Washington and elsewhere for more measures against gun violence.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said the NRA's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre.

At least two protesters broke up his announcement, despite tight security. One man held up a large red banner that said, "NRA killing our kids." The protesters were taken away by security, shouting that guns in schools are not the answer. The 4.3 million-member National Rifle Association may be facing its toughest challenge in the wake of national horror over last week's killing of children, many of them shot multiple times and at close range by high-powered rifle.

LaPierre said, "the next Adam Lanza", the 20-year-old responsible for last week's shooting, is planning an attack on another school. LaPierre brushed aside the idea that gun control legislation is needed, saying, "20,000 other laws have failed." Instead, he blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

"In a race to the bottom, many conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate, and offend every standard of society, by bringing a toxic mix of reckless behaviour and cruelty into our homes," LaPierre said. He blamed the media, saying it has "demonised lawful gun owners" and "rewards (mass shooters) with wall-to-wall attention." As "some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent," he added.

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