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Protester Interrupts NRA Press Conference: 'NRA Killing Our Kids' - VIDEO


Having said it planned to offer "meaningful contributions" to end gun violence in schools, Executive Director Wayne LaPierre spoke at a press conference on Friday morning and called for Congress to immediately appropriate money to put armed officers in every school in America. LaPierre said the NRA has 11,000 police training instructors willing to help.

LaPierre was interrupted by a protester from the activist group Code Pink, who unfurled a banner that read "NRA Killing Our Kids"and was carried out yelling the phrase.

The National School Shield program will be led by former Congressman Asa Hutchinson.

Watch the protester's moment and the full press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

More from USA Today's live blog:

11:17 a.m. LaPierre asks: "Why is the use of a gun when it's asked to be used to protect the president or used by the police, but bad when it's used to protect children." He calls on the media to "at least admit that it's possible" that armed guards could have stopped the Newtown massacre.

11:13 a.m. LaPierre criticizes the media for getting basic facts about guns wrong. "They don't know what they are talking about. He makes the point that increased regulation of guns amounts to "dishonest thinking." He adds, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

11:09 a.m. Federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% to lowest levels in a decade, LaPierre notes. He criticizes media for placing the blame on gun rights advocates and failing to talk about the "callous, corrupt shadow industry" pushed by Hollywood and video game makers.


And here's the presser:

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  1. Psychiatry is killing your kids most all of the shooters who kill in schools are seeing or have seen psychiatrist and have been taking their drugs or stopped taking their psychotropic drugs. Guns do not kill unless some body pulls a trigger and that somebody is some person on psychiatric drugs. The real killers are psychiatry and their drugs.

    Posted by: Tony | Dec 21, 2012 11:55:00 AM

  2. The country refuses to pay for teachers but the NRA wants to us pay for armed guards? Here's a solution - put a 300% surtax on every weapon, magazine, every piece of ammunition and fund the guards with the proceeds. There might be a positive side effect.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Dec 21, 2012 12:04:20 PM

  3. that's their patriotic idea of a Free Culture? armed guards in schools?

    no, that's something straight out of heinously prophetic sci-fi writing.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 21, 2012 12:11:30 PM

  4. And the NRA will do the training? He wants the federal government to spend billions financing his private army. It would of course have to be extended to cover shopping malls, churches, any place people congregate. That should work out well.

    Posted by: melvin | Dec 21, 2012 12:16:05 PM

  5. There are over 100,000 schools in the United States. There is no money for this garbage.

    Posted by: jht | Dec 21, 2012 12:21:57 PM

  6. he's Right the NRA - KIlling people since..................

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 21, 2012 12:29:47 PM

  7. this blog is awesome. i could kill hours here.

    @LITTLEKIWI, your posts are everywhere. where on earth do you find the time? or do the more active bloggers get a cut? curious, how does it work?

    Posted by: procrastinate | Dec 21, 2012 12:30:30 PM

  8. hmmm, NO MONEY for school education but Money to have armed guards.......? REALLY?!? WTF ......yea, do that - and make America MORE of a LAUGHING stock!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 21, 2012 12:31:17 PM

  9. if arming more individuals is the answer to preventing tragedies, how do we explain Fort Hood?

    Posted by: JB | Dec 21, 2012 12:33:00 PM

  10. @JB: The victims were unarmed and there were no guards around the facility where the nutjob Hasan did his evil deed.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Dec 21, 2012 12:46:22 PM

  11. @LittleKiwi: But having TSA agents frisk Granny and fondle toddlers is ever so much better, right?

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Dec 21, 2012 12:48:16 PM

  12. @JHT: Indeed. So let's expand CCW laws instead and save a buck or two.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Dec 21, 2012 12:49:06 PM

  13. are you talking about the reality that the elderly and children are often used as drug mules across borders?

    or the galling reality that most canadian gun violence is perpetrated with weapons smuggled over the border from the US?

    why are you even talking about the TSA when here we have the NRA claiming that, despite the Right not thinking money should be spent on healthcare, beefing up education, that somehow there's money that would be best spent training and arming guards in hundreds of thousands of schools?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 21, 2012 12:54:38 PM

  14. The one thing I will agree with LaPierre on is that more attention needs to be paid to the video game industry. My father was in social work, and as soon as realistic, hyper-violent POV shooter games became commonplace his client crisis load got much, much worse. But LaPierre and his ilk need to realize that the weapon Lanza used is a weapon that should never be in civilian hands, period. People should not be able to legally develop military style armories or own any weaponry without mental and physical screening of themselves and those residing with them. I'll take that kind of curtailing of liberty over putting armed guards in school who might get a George Zimmerman complex.

    Posted by: Stefan | Dec 21, 2012 12:57:11 PM

  15. @LittleKiwi: Oh I'm sorry, apparently when you mentioned "free culture" such a term has little bearing to what these words actually mean. It's okey-dokey to have TSA grope everyone without just cause but the very notion of having security in schools, regardless of how infeasible it is? That's apparently too much and threatens us having a "free culture". Gotcha.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Dec 21, 2012 1:03:02 PM

  16. All I can think of when there are official guns in all schools is a totalitarian state.

    @Little Kiwi: one of the arguments about guns in the US is the remoteness of police in the sparser populated areas of the country. (It was even invoked in CT!) Are there similar discussions with Canada and its sparsely populated provinces?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 21, 2012 1:03:02 PM

  17. Stefan, there is literally no evidence linking exposure to violent media and acts of violence in young men. The head of psychology and criminal justice at Texas A&M said just this week that there isn't even the smallest evidence for any sort of causation. The US is in fact not the leading consumer of video games per capita, yet its level of gun violence is far beyond that of any other developed nation.

    Video games are just another convenient scapegoat for people that don't want to deal with the real problems. John Hinckley attempted to assassinate a president explicitly because he saw Jodie Foster in a movie. Does that mean Jodie Foster causes violence?

    The vast majority of young men have played violent video games. You can't take the fact that a small group of men happen to have also committed violent crimes and claim that their playing of video games is in any way related.

    Posted by: OddBet | Dec 21, 2012 1:25:09 PM

  18. Stefan, the video game industry already voluntarily puts age ratings on games, and a lot of video game stores already refuse to sell M (mature) rated games to minors without parental consent. I had a friend who worked at Gamestop who told me he couldn't count the number of times a parent came in and yelled out him because he refused to sell his kid an M rated game.

    Nothing in video games can be compared to what is seen in movies.

    Posted by: Robert | Dec 21, 2012 1:25:17 PM

  19. LaPierre sure has a weird concept of the definition of 'meaningful'. This 'more of the same' crap sure ain't it. But then, who would have expected anything else from them.

    Posted by: hugo | Dec 21, 2012 1:33:46 PM

  20. With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.

    Posted by: bareback rider | Dec 21, 2012 1:37:51 PM

  21. This topic is hardly gay-related, anyway. Except that gays will be on both sides of the debate.

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 21, 2012 1:40:01 PM

  22. The current proposals in Congress do not pertain to ordinary handguns and rifles, but rather military-style assault weapons capable of firing hundreds of bullet in a very short space of time. Such assault weapons are not used to defend someone's home or in hunting. These assault weapons are weapons of war, and the only reason for having them is an intent to begin civil war or violently overthrow elected government (if, for example, the results of an election are not to your personal liking). This is also called treason. Oh, I'm sorry, does anyone need the spelling for that word again? T-r-e-a-s-o-n. RSVP.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Dec 21, 2012 1:55:27 PM

  23. Every other country and person in the world knows the answer. You want to get rid of the gun violence? Get rid of the guns. I don't know why Americans can't see this.

    This time it's video games. Remember last time when they blamed Marilyn Manson? Keeping pointing the finger away from the problem.

    Posted by: Adam | Dec 21, 2012 1:56:29 PM

  24. There's a reason (or several) why America is thought of as the sickest culture on the planet.

    Posted by: Molc | Dec 21, 2012 2:05:56 PM

  25. @Diogenes, not really.

    we do indeed have our pro-gun nuts up here, but we have a decidedly lower level of gun violence.

    jognagj, congrats on your willful moving of goalposts. your fifth grade teacher just gave you a C- in debate.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 21, 2012 2:08:27 PM

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