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NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The CEO of the National Rifle Association claimed that America's next mass murderer may already be planning the attack, perhaps hoping to become famous.

The NRA has made claims before that what really causes mass murderers to pull the trigger is their exposure to violence - in movies, TV and video games, among others; that America's uniquely wide-open availability of high-powered guns has nothing to do with it. The NRA did make one new proposal, offering to train thousands of volunteers to protect schools with their own firearms.

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"This will be a program that does not depend upon massive funding from local authorities or the federal government," said former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson.

NRA President Wayne LaPierre on Friday put former Hutchinson in charge of selling a program it called "National School Shield." The basic concept: tens of thousands of volunteers, including retired military, police and others could eventually be deployed with firearms in every one of America's schools. Until then, the NRA's CEO called on Congress to enact an emergency appropriation to pay for armed local police officers in every school, to prevent another Sandy Hook.

"What if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he'd been confronted by qualified, armed security? Will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids, 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day," LaPierre said.

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Angry protestors who interrupted the news conference were outraged at the proposal to bring more guns to school.

"The NRA has blood on its hands! The NRA has blood on its hands! The NRA has blood on its hands," one protestor shouted.

North Side Congressman Mike Quigley, a leading proponent of gun control, denounced today's NRA proposal.

"An insult to anyone's intelligence -- it's wildly impractical to think you could put a police officer in every school. And what about every other place that children congregate? Right? Arcades, playgrounds, libraries, movie theaters? It just simply wouldn't work," Quigley said.

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The City of Chicago already deploys police officers in and around virtually every public school every day.

In a written statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared the country "ready to pass common-sense gun control legislation." He added, "The time has come for the NRA to get on board or get out of the way."

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