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Former Rep - Asa Hutchinson NRA Statement National Rifle Association shootings Newtown Connecticut

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Published on Dec 21, 2012

The National Rifle Association on Friday called for armed police officers at every school in the nation, offering a defiant challenge to President Obama's push for stricter gun control laws and potentially setting up a fierce legislative battle early next year.

In his first extensive public comments since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre read a lengthy statement that blamed video games, slasher films, the media, inadequate databases on mental illness and lax security for contributing to violence in the culture.

"I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation," LaPierre said.

He scoffed at those who he predicted would criticize his group's proposal for the nation's estimated 135,000 public and private schools.

"Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word 'gun' automatically become a bad word?" LaPierre said at a midday news conference attended by hundreds of reporters.

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