The National Rifle Association (NRA), America's largest gun-rights group, had been preparing a press conference to the stirring events of Sandy Hook Elementary which took place earlier today, after responding with an earlier written statement. Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said today that American schoolteachers should have the right to stop future attacks by having armed police officers on the grounds at all times.
LaPierre unleashed an attack on violent video games, movies and music during his speech. He offered that “the next Adam Lanza” is waiting in the wings to plan a copycat attack on another elementary school. It was LaPierre's assertion of meeting gun violence with gun defense that seemed to turn most heads however
Wayne La Pierre At The Washington News Conference:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun… You know, five years ago after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy...But what if -- what if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he'd been confronted by qualified armed security? Will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day?
Since the Newtown tragedy last Friday, the gun control debate has ramped up once more. Pro-gun conservatives have been mum about gun rights, opting to place their concerns on averting the supposed “fiscal cliff” disaster. With LaPierre drawing a line in the sand and challenging President Obama's proposed to decision to slash the budget for the Secure Our Schools policing grants, the White House is now faced with what is now a much dicier subject than ever before.
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