In a press conference Friday, National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards in schools.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre claimed.
LaPierre used words like “vulnerable” and “defenseless” when describing students and classrooms in America.
The NRA said on its website that “we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.”
In planning the news conference, the NRA said “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”
At the same time, President Barack Obama responded to a petition signed by thousands of Americans asking for stricter federal gun control laws.
According to reports, four people dead were shot dead Friday morning in rural Pennsylvania. A gunman was among those killed and three state troopers were injured.