Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement in response to today’s press conference by Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) executive vice president:
No legal organization in America is more responsible than the NRA for lobbying to ensure the proliferation of killer guns while denying law enforcement tools to stop killers. Wayne LaPierre’s call for guards and guns in every school building and playground is madness and a perverse vision for life in America.
In Congress, we need to move forward comprehensive legislation that bans assault weapons, closes the gun show loop hole, prohibits high capacity magazines, and gives law enforcement the tools to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. At the same time, Congress will protect the rights of responsible gun owners and hunters.
It is time for common sense Americans to come together to stop the NRA and make America’s neighborhoods and streets safer.
LaPierre, issuing the NRA's first statements since the Newtown, CT, shootings, stated Congress should act "immediately" to find funding for armed guards at every school in the country, and act "now."
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," he said.