Printed on: December 24, 2012

An unwavering NRA opposes any new restrictions on guns


WASHINGTON (AP) -- An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that new gun regulations would not make children safer and that a White House task force on gun violence might try to undermine the Second Amendment.

The organization blasted "a media machine" that it said relishes blaming the gun industry for each new attack like the one a week ago in Connecticut.

"Look, a gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal," Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the nation's largest gun-rights lobby, said in a television interview.

LaPierre told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that only armed guards and police would make kids safe. He asked Congress for money to put a police officer in every school. He also said the NRA would coordinate a national effort to put former military and police officers in schools as volunteer guards.

LaPierre said another focus in preventing shootings is to lock up violent criminals and get the mentally ill treatment.