National Rifle Association Exec. VP Wayne LaPierre said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' on Sunday (video below) that the NRA would push Congress to pay for more school security guards and help put former military and police offers in schools as volunteer guards.
LaPierre said: "If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it. It's the one thing that would keep people safe."
LaPierre also denied that magazines that carry less ammunition would mean less deaths: "I don't believe that's going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that, even if you had that. You had that for 10 years when Senator Dianne Feinstein passed that ban in 1994. It was on the books. Columbine occurred right in the middle of it, it didn't make any difference."
In response, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said on 'Meet the Press': "Trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes."
Sen. Schumer said that LaPierre is "so extreme and so tone deaf that he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the Congress…. He is so doctrinaire and so adamant that I believe gun owners turn against him as well."
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"LaPierre believes the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is good gun with a gun. What about trying to stop the bad guy from getting the gun in the first place? That’s common sense. Most Americans agree with it."