David Keene, Wayne LaPierre

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre on Sunday defended his call for armed guards in schools, saying that plan is the fastest way to prevent another massacre like the one this month at a Connecticut elementary school.

“That’s the one thing we can do immediately that can make our children more safe,” he said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” We’ve got to get at the real cause.”

LaPierre, the gun rights advocacy group’s chief executive officer, made his original call for armed officers in every school Friday, a week after a gunman killed 26 people, include 20 first-graders, inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn.

The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was carrying a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns that he had taken from his mother, Nancy Lanza, the legal owner of the guns and Lanza’s first victim.

But with Democrats and some Republicans open to considering new gun-control regulations, LaPierre says limiting Second Amendment rights is not the answer.

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