The NRA (National Rifle Association) held its first press conference following the Newton, Connecticut tragedy on Friday, December 14th. The conference comes after the gun ownership advocacy organization, the most influential of its kind, was largely silent following the horrific killing of 26 victims, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook elementary school.

The association released a statement on the mass shooting, saying they were “shocked” and “heartbroken,” and that they are “prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.” Today, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre offered a solution to prevent tragedies like the Newton shootings from re-occuring during a press conference.

On behalf of the NRA, LaPierre lobbied for schools to be protected by armed guards as the best way to protect children from gun violence. He also blamed violent video games and movies, the media and gun-free zones in schools for creating a culture in which a tragedy like last Friday’s shooting could occur. LaPierre argued that cracking down on criminals and fighting violence in the media and video games would be the most effective ways to prevent mass shootings.

Via The New York Times:

Gun-free school zones identified by signs, he said, “tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to effect maximm mayhem with minimum risk.”

If guns are used to protect banks, airports, and politicians, he asked, why is it “bad when it is used to protect our children in their schools?”

LaPierre was interrupted by Code Pink protesters holding signs that read “NRA KILLING OUR KIDS,” and screaming that the organization has “blood on its hands.”

Many argue that guns in our school isn’t the answer, but stricter gun control is.

What are your thoughts on NRA’s press conference, Clutchettes?

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