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Bloomberg, Christie oppose NRA call for police in every school

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The National Rifle Association says the next mass killer is "waiting in the wings" and armed police officers should be posted in every school in the country.

Breaking the group's silence on last week's elementary school massacre, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre told a Washington news conference: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

 He also blamed the media for feeding a violent culture in American homes and encouraging copycat killers with the promise of "wall-to-wall attention."

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded to the NRA saying its leadership is "out of step with its members."

"Their press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says posting armed guards outside classrooms won't make classrooms safer or encourage learning.

Christie stopped short of commenting directly on the proposal by nation's largest gun-rights lobby, which he hadn't yet read.

The governor has also called for a thoughtful dialogue on gun violence, mental illness and exposure to violent video games.pot

The former federal prosecutor also says it's up to police to make sure New Jersey's gun laws, which are the second toughest in the country behind New York's, are enforced.

 

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