NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Feb. 14 renewed his call to place armed guards in schools, telling gun owners to "stand and fight" for their Second Amendment rights. LaPierre was responding to Pres. Obama's State of the Union address, in which Obama reiterated his gun control reform proposals.
LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'
On Dec. 21, CEO LaPierre implied the Newtown school killings would have been prevented if shooter Adam Lanza had been met with an armed guard. LaPierre said the entertainment and news media promote violence, and he called for the creation of a national database of the mentally ill.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre
In the NRA's first press conference after the shooting deaths of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., CEO LaPierre called for every U.S. school to be protected with armed guards. He named former U.S. Attorney and Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-AK, to lead planning.
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LaPierre refused to concede ground on gun control on Dec. 23 as a guest on "Meet The Press." LaPierre said banning high-capacity magazines wouldn't "make any difference." LaPierre said he wasn't interested in participating on the president's gun law review panel, headed by Vice President Biden.
The NRA inked an agreement to become the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on April 13, 2013, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It's the first time the NRA will have its brand on a top series NASCAR race; the race is now the NRA 500.