WASHINGTON - The CEO of the largest U.S. gun-rights lobbying group says the American people think it would be "crazy" not to put armed guards in every school, as the group has suggested in the wake of the massacre at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre also contends that any new efforts by Congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent mass shootings.
LaPierre's comments on NBC television's "Meet the Press" reinforced the position that the largest gun-rights lobby took on Friday when it broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
That stand has been described by some lawmakers as tone-deaf.
Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer says LaPierre blames everything but guns for a series of mass shootings in recent years.