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NRA Calls for Armed Guards at Schools

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Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, read a statement Friday morning in reaction to last week’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. He called for installing armed guards in schools to prevent future gun violence against students.

“We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work—and by that I mean armed security,” LaPierre said. He also pushed for keeping closer watch on the mentally ill and criticized multiple forms of entertainment, including video games, movies and music videos.

LaPierre was interrupted twice by anti-NRA protestors holding banners that read “NRA killing our kids.” They also shouted things like “NRA blood on your hands” and “ban assault weapons now.”

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LaPierre did not answer questions from reporters. He also proposed a ”National School Shield Emergency Response Program,” which the NRA would help fund, for schools that want it. The program would hire trained security personnel, consisting of military or police, to work in schools. Former congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the school security project.

[New York Times, CNN]

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