LaPierre speaks at Friday's press conference. (Getty)
Two days after suggesting a "good guy with a gun" be stationed at every school in the country in response to the deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn., National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre blasted critics of his plan.
In an interview broadcast on Sunday's "Meet The Press," LaPierre reiterated the statements he made Friday at a press conference in Washington, when he said the answer to preventing shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary Sch00l is armed security in every school--in effect, protecting children with guns.
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy," LaPierre said. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it."
At one point during the often contentious exchange, host David Gregory held up a high-capacity magazine clip that carries 30 bullets, asking if the NRA would support a federal limit on the capacity of such clips.
"Isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?" Gregory asked.
"I don't believe that's going to make one difference," LaPierre responded.
"You're telling me that it's not a matter of common sense that if you don't have an ability to shoot off 30 rounds without reloading, that, just possibly, you could reduce the loss of life?" Gregory asked.
"I don't buy your argument for a minute," LaPierre said. "There are so many different ways to evade that, even if you had that."
“Is there no new gun regulation you would support?” an exasperated Gregory asked. LaPierre refused to answer.
At Friday's press conference, LaPierre--who did not take questions from reporters--argued that had someone at the school been armed, "innocent lives might have been spared."
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," he said.
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