Outrage on Twitter over NRA chief's demand of installing armed guards in every US school
The remarks made by National Rifle Association (NRA) chief over installing armed guards in the hallways of every US school, in wake of the Connecticut shooting massacre, prompted outraged users to take the matter to Twitter.
It comes after in a chaotic press conference, Wayne LaPierre, NRA's executive Vice President, dismissed growing calls for a ban on assault weapons as a "dangerous notion" and warned that America's children were "utterly defenceless" in their classrooms.
On Twitter, the reaction was immediate and harsh, with pundits on both sides of the political spectrum criticizing LaPierre, Politico reports.
Hundreds of Twitter users posted tweets, slamming LaPierre's comments.
"If anyone thought that there might be a bit of contrition from the #NRA, um, that's not happening," Jim Roberts (@nytjim) tweeted.
"After JFK assassination, NRA got out of the mail-order rifle business. Coming out against Internet sales now would have been a good thing," said another.
Earlier, LaPierre said his organisation would oppose President Barack Obama's efforts to bring in the first reform of 'gun control' laws in nearly two decades and instead called for a national database of the "mentally ill".
The NRA had promised they would offer "meaningful contributions" to the national debate on firearms in their first public statements since the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school, where gunman Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults.
However, gun control advocates were left outraged after LaPierre dismissed calls for new laws and instead railed against the press, liberal politicians and the video game industry.