Protesters interrupted the NRA press appearance twice, hoisting banners and shouting slogans such as “NRA, stop killing our children,” and “We need gun control now.” Security personnel removed the protesters from the room.
LaPierre also went after the news media, accusing them of misreporting facts about firearms and being a part of corporate conglomerates that profit from producing violent films and video games.
“A child growing up in America today witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18,” he said. “And throughout it all, too many in the 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 demonized gun owners.”
He then predicted the headlines out of his media appearance: “More guns, you'll claim, are the NRA's answer to everything. Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools.”
Instead, he said, the answer is to allow the NRA to help make sure that any school district that wants help with a security plan will receive it. LaPierre introduced another NRA official, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) of Arkansas, who will head up that effort, called the National Model School Shield Program.
“From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multifaceted program will be developed by the very best experts in the field,” LaPierre said.