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NRA Calls For Armed Police At Every School In America

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The National Rifle Association returned to the debate Friday as the president tries to drum up support for tighter gun laws.

In remarks that were twice interrupted by protestors, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre blamed media for allowing violent culture to come into children's homes.

LaPierre also said another Connecticut-type shooter is waiting in the wings.

He called on Congress to allocate funds to put an armed guard on standby at every school in the nation.

"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, and to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January," LaPierre said, about 20 minutes into his remarks.

The NRA waited until Friday, a week after the tragedy, to break its relative silence since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 school children, six teachers and the shooter's mother dead.

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby held its press conference Friday morning in Washington, D.C.

The NRA stated earlier in the week that it was prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

Hundreds of thousands of petitioners have asked the White House to take action on gun violence following the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

President Barack Obama has said that he wants to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The president also took part in a moment of silence to honor those killed in Connecticut.

It's unclear if the White House will include the NRA in official discussions.

Meanwhile, as Congress ramps up for that legislative battle, gun sales have jumped across the country following the school shootings.

Some gun rights advocates on Capitol Hill have moved on the issue in the past week, like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who holds an A-plus rating from the NRA.

Pro-gun protests are planned at Manchin's office in Washington on Saturday, Fox News' Nicole Collins reported earlier Friday.

LaPierre was giving his group's official reaction to the school massacre in Connecticut when a protester from "Code Pink" stopped him.

"Our children, every day we as a society leave them utterly defenseless," LaPierre said. "And the monsters and predators of the world know it and exploit it. And that must change now. The truth is..."

That's when an unidentified protester shouted, "NRA, stop killing our children. It's the NRA which allows assault weapons..."

The protester was taken from the room by security and LaPierre continued until a second protestor also stood up with a banner and had to be removed by security.

The NRA says America already has the manpower to put an armed officer at each school.

"With all the foreign aid the U.S. does, with all the money in the federal budget, can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?" LaPierre asked.

He went on to say there are "millions of qualified and active retired police, active reserve and retired military, security professionals, certified firefighters, security professionals, rescue personnel, an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every single school."

LaPierre added, "We could deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America's schools safer."

For years, police have patrolled some public schools, which are known to be violent. Worries about campus violence increased, after the killings at Columbine High School in 1999 and the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

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