UPDATE 10:24 a.m.: The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."
The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.
The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
The text of his speech is posted below.
LaPierre was interrupted twice by protesters holding signs reading "NRA Is Killing Our Kids," and "NRA - Blood On your Hands." Protesters were promptly removed from the room.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the NRA's proposal a distraction and delay tactic.
PREVIOUSLY: The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community — and the nation — to its core.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered with other officials on the steps of the town hall as the bell rang 26 times in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman also killed his mother before the massacre, and himself afterward.
Officials didn't plan any formal remarks Friday morning, when similar commemorations were planned throughout the country.
The National Rifle Association will take the spotlight later Friday in its first public event since last week's shooting at a morning news conference. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby with 4.3 million members has said it will offer "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
Wayne LaPierre announced a proposal to protect school children, called The National School Shield. His speech was twice interrupted by protesters with signs that blocked the television cameras.
"The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection," LaPierre said. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
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