President Barack Obama today urged Congress to pass bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to the Associated Press.
Hours after Obama unveiled the $500-million gun violence package, the National Rifle Association, which last month called for armed security at schools, released the following statement:
Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.
The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.
Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre last month said that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."