Wayne LaPierre: 'Call Me Crazy'

The NRA's Wayne LaPierre maintains his claim that armed security in schools is a smart idea.

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NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre (NBC)

Despite a national outcry on Friday against his official response to the Sandy Hook massacre, N.R.A. Vice President Wayne LaPierre maintained his position on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning.

"If it's crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy," LaPierre told NBC's David Gregory. "I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it. It's the one thing that would keep people safe and the NRA is going try to do that."

He added that the United States is now spending $2 billion to train police officers in Iraq and asked why federal funds could not be spent to train school guards to protect schools in the United States.

Asked about restricting the size of ammunition magazine or clips, LaPierre said, "I don't believe that's going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that, even if you had that. You had that for 10 years when (Sen.) Dianne Feinstein passed that ban in '94. It was on the books. Columbine occurred right in the middle of it – it didn't make any difference."

Feinstein, D-Calif., was the author of the 1994 ban on certain types of semiautomatic firearms which expired in 2004. She has announced that she will introduce new legislation early next year. Semiautomatic firearms, including semiautomatic weapons sometimes called "assault weapons," fire one round per pull of the trigger.

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