Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Rifle Association is sticking to its call for placing armed police officers and security guards in schools.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Wayne LaPierre says any new efforts by Congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent mass shootings. He says the American people think it would be "crazy" not to put armed guards in every school.
Former congressman Asa Hutchinson appearing on ABC's "This Week", compared the NRA's plan to the air marshal program which he says has provided a deterrent and made flying safer.
The NRA's response to the Newtown shooting is being panned on several fronts. Congressman Chris Murphy of Connecticut calls it "tone deaf" and "revolting."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says putting armed guards in schools would turn them into armed camps for kids.
And Sen. Charles Schumer says LaPierre and the NRA blame everything but guns for the recent spate of mass shootings.
Brooklyn Bridge candlelight vigil in support of stricter gun laws
Hundreds of people have staged an anti-gun protest on New York's Brooklyn bridge.
Demonstrators calling for tougher gun control legislation marched Sunday evening from the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides to the middle of the span. There they staged a candlelight tribute to the dead in the Connecticut school massacre. The names of the victims were read aloud.
Participants included a civil rights attorney and a lawmaker.