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NRA wants GUNS in Schools?

The National Rifle Association (NRA) Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre has said that what is needed to protect US school children is “a plan of absolute protection”, including guns in schools.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” the head of the lobby group, which opposes tighter controls on weapons, told a news conference on Friday.

LaPierre was speaking at the organisation’s first news conference since a shooting one week ago at aConnecticut primary school that killed 20 young children and six adults.

Protesters disrupted the event, brandishing banners.

“NRA: blood on your hands,” read one banner held up by a woman as LaPierre made a statement.

“NRA is killing our kids,” read another, brandished by a man as he was led away by security.

“It was an event in which [the NRA] laid out what they wanted to say, with no questions by journalists,” said Al Jazeera’s John Terrett, reporting from Washington. “It’s part of a national debate about how to protect schools.”

Re-emerging publicly

The 4.3 million-member NRA had largely disappeared from public debate after the shootings in Newtown, choosing atypical silence as a strategy as the nation sought answers after the rampage.

The NRA took down its Facebook page and kept silent on Twitter…

Source: QuestCinq and agencies

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