Lawfuel.com – The Gun Lobby protesting at changes to US gun laws have withstood a barrage of criticism over their stance about placing armed guards as schools in response to the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School.
Changes to gun laws has become another highly charged debate as the school massacres continue.
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The NRA waited a week before issuing a statement on the Dec. 14 killings of the children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a gunman who opened fire with a semi-automatic assault rifle.
LaPierre’s speech on Friday in Washington drew protesters and stoked the fierce debate over U.S. gun laws in a nation with a culture of gun ownership and a history of school shootings and other gun violence.
The proposal to place armed guards in every school, an idea the NRA has long supported, drew the most criticism.
The congressman from Newtown’s district, Chris Murphy, tweeted: “Walking out of another funeral and was handed the NRA transcript, the most revolting, tone deaf statement I’ve ever seen.”
The New York tabloids skewered LaPierre’s speech. The Daily News labeled him “Craziest Man on Earth” in a front-page headline on Saturday. The New York Post piled on with “Gun Nut! NRA loon in bizarre rant over Newtown.”
The NRA’s proposal was also attacked by politicians including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the nation’s largest teachers union and Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Representative Ga b rielle Giffords, who was hurt last year in a mall shooting by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona.
But LaPierre was undaunted.
“I think that is the one thing that we can do immediately that will immediately make our children safe,” he said.