Saying "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the head of the
"In doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk," LaPierre said.
"We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards." he said. "Even sports stadiums are all protected by armed security. We care about our President, so we protect him with armed security ... yet when it comes to our most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family -- our children -- we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."
At that point in the press conference, LaPierre was interrupted by a man holding a red sign that read "NRA Killing Our Kids." The man was taken away, shouting "It's the NRA and -- the assault weapons that are killing our children."
LaPierre was interrupted again later by another protester.
After the man was removed, LaPierre continued:
"Our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters," he said, and criticized the lack of a database of the mentally ill.
“As a school official, we won’t be taking our advice on how to keep kids safe from the president of the NRA,” said
"That's my comment as a school official," he said. "As a father of two kids in schools: I come from a family of hunters; I have four brothers who are hunters and members of the NRA. All I'll be asking for Christmas, after hearing Wayne LaPierre essentially blame school officials for the shootings, is for [my brothers] to resign from the NRA," Moore said.
LaPierre also blamed the media for not telling the public about some violent video games.
"And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal," he said: "There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here's one: it's called Kindergarten Killers. It's been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn't or didn't want anyone to know you had found it?"
"In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year," he said. "And throughout it all, too many in our national media, their corporate owners, and their stockholders act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators.
"Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away."
He said the media incorrectly identify weapons and ammunition and said "They don't know what they're talking about."
"As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded," LaPierre said, "they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it ... The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
"I call on
The move comes a week after
The NRA initially responded to the tragedy with a statement released earlier this week.
"National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown," the statement read.
"The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."