NRA Doubles Down On Gun Control Solutions
As mourning continues over the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the NRA doubles down on its solution to prevent something like this from ever happening again.
"If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy," says NRA chief Wayne Lapierre, standing by his idea to put armed guards in all schools during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it, it's the one thing that would keep people safe, and the NRA is going to try to do that."
Many Americans, however, aren't sold on the idea, saying that armed guards may adversely effect children psychologically.
Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota raises concerns about the cost of securing schools the way Lapierre proposes, "we have 130,000 elementary and secondary schools in this country. If you have two officers in each, that would cost $25 billion. Where is that money going to come from?"
His senate colleague, Chuck Schumer of New York thinks the NRA's position will help lawmakers who want more stringent gun regulation, "well, I think he's so extreme and so tone deaf that he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the congress."
On Friday, president Obama assembled a task force to reduce gun violence, and wants concrete proposals within a month. Ideas already on the table include an assault weapons ban and limiting the number of bullets a magazine can hold.