As NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre called for more weapons in schools during a nationally televised news conference Friday, he was interrupted by a protester holding up a banner that blocked him from view and declared, "NRA Killing Our Kids."
A week after the killings in Newtown, Conn., LaPierre was breaking the group's silence when he was interrupted for several seconds by the man with the banner. As the protester was led from the room, he shouted, "NRA stop killing our children! It's the NRA and assault weapons that are killing our children. ... We've got to stop the violence and violence begins with the NRA!"
The moment captured the stark division in a country reeling from the deaths of 20 children and six women who tried to protect them. As the man, dressed in a dark suit, continued shouting, LaPierre shook his head slightly and went on with his remarks:
"The truth is," he said, "that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters."
He said the only solution was to provide more armed protection for schoolchildren, just as the armed protection for stadiums, airports, banks and politicians.
He also said a "national media machine rewards killers with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave."
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