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NRA chief mum on any new gun restrictions

File photo of Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association.
December 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The National Rifle Association on Sunday stuck to its guns, reiterating that every American school should have an armed guard on campus.

"If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy." said Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the nation's largest gun-rights lobby, in a television interview.

Two days ago amid protesters and refusing to take questions, LaPierre unveiled the guns in school plan. The plan was criticized by many. LaPierre defended it on Sunday.

"When that horrible monster tried to shoot his way into Sandy Hook school, that if a good guy with a gun had been there, he might have been able to stop (it)," LaPierre said.

LaPierre was pressed to answer whether he would agree to just one change in gun laws. He either refused to answer or changed the subject.

The shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., has led even NRA supporters to call for some control on guns and magazine clips. But the NRA and its supporters are having none of it and blame the media, entertainment culture - movies, music and video games - and a lack of mental health care.

"Look, a gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal," LaPierre said, addint that only armed guards and police would make kids safe.

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll shows a majority of Americans continue to favor more restrictions on gun ownership.

All this may be the reason other Americans are flocking to gun stores.

"We have never seen anything like this," said gun shop owner Larry Hyatt. "We have the Christmas business, the hunting season business and now we have the political business."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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