NRA Stands By Call To Have Armed Guards In Every School; Lawmakers Pounce On Comments
December 23, 2012 2:42 PM
WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – The issue of gun control was again a hot topic on the Sunday morning news programs, more than a week after one of the worst mass school shootings in U.S. history.
The head of the National Rifle Association spoke just days after the powerful lobby group called for armed guards at every school in America.
The remarks were criticized by many lawmakers, who said more guns was not the solution to school shootings. On Saturday, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called LaPierre’s comments ‘stupid’ and asinine.’
But speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre didn’t back down from his call for more guns.
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.”
In response to the NRA’s call for armed guards, retiring Conn. independent Sen. Joe Lieberman urged Congress to act on meaningful gun control legislation.
“The strength of the NRA is that more than half of the adults in America have guns, own guns and have them in their homes. We have to convince them that none of the proposals will take their guns away. The proposals will make it harder, hopefully impossible, for people to buy assault weapons,” Lieberman told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
LaPierre argued that any new efforts by Congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent mass shootings. ….(more).