Those waiting for the NRA to give some ground on gun legislation today got just the opposite from a defiant Wayne LaPierre: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said the group's executive vice president, calling on Congress to immediately require armed police officers in all the nation's schools. The NRA will help by developing what LaPierre called a "national schools shield emergency response program." Expect no concessions: The group's reactivated Facebook account warns that "President Obama supports gun control measures, including reinstating an assault weapons ban," reports AP.
LaPierre predicted "shocking headlines" about his recommendations. "But since when did 'gun' automatically become a bad word?" He blamed shoot-em-up video games and movies for perpetuating a culture of violence in the country, and said the mainstream media allows it to happen even while demonizing gun owners. At one point, a woman began shouting, "The NRA has blood on its hands" and "Ban assault weapons now" and got escorted from the building. The Washington Post has the full transcript of LaPierre's speech here.