By Brian Naylor
Credit Evan Vucci / AP
Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, speaks in response to the Connecticut school shootings, at a news conference in Washington on Friday.
Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 10:16 am
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The nation’s largest gun owners group had said little in the immediate aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, broke that silence Friday with a call to place armed guards at all of the nation’s schools.
The idea was met with immediate criticism from Democrats in Congress.
At a Washington event billed as a news conference — although reporters were denied the opportunity to ask questions — LaPierre expressed the group’s horror, outrage and grief at the shootings. Then he said the only way to stop “a monster from killing our kids” was with what he called a plan of absolute protection.