WASHINGTON -- NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks publicly for the first time since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The nation's largest gun advocacy organization says they wanted to wait to respond out of respect for families who are grieving after last week's shooting.
LaPierre said the NRA was shocked and saddened by what happened. He said schools are gun-free zones, so armed people can attack with no resistance.
LaPierre said no one has addressed what he thinks is the most important question: "How do we protect our children right now?"
"American airports, office buildings, power plants, court houses even sport stadiums are all protected by armed security," LaPierre said. "We can care about our president so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress are surrounded by Capitol police officers. Yet, when it some to our most beloved an innocent, our children, we as a society, leave them utterly defenseless."
LaPierre also blamed the media, video games, and movies, which he said glorify fantasy violence. He said it's today's society fueling this violence, not gun ownership.