WASHINGTON (AP) — La principal organización defensora de la tenencia de armas en Estados Unidos instó el viernes a que guardias armados vigilen las escuelas en todo el país, a fin de impedir el ataque del próximo asesino que, aseguró, "se encuentra al acecho".

La Asociación Nacional de Portadores de Armas (NRA por sus siglas en inglés) rompió su silencio una semana después de la matanza de 20 niños y seis maestras en una escuela primaria de Connecticut.
"Lo único que detiene a un tipo malo armado es un tipo bueno armado", destacó Wayne LaPierre, vicepresidente ejecutivo de la organización cabildera de armas, en una conferencia de prensa en Washington.

LaPierre señaló que "el próximo Adam Lanza", el asesino que acabó con la vida de 27 personas (incluida su madre) y después se suicidó, ya está planeando un ataque en otra escuela.

"Cuántos imitadores se encuentran al acecho para lograr aparecer en los titulares con una fama mal habida que les premie en los medios a nivel nacional, a la vez que provocan a otros a tratar de igualar su marca", dijo LaPierre. "¿Una docena más de asesinos, un ciento más? ¿Cómo es posible calcular cuántos, si en nuestro país se niegan a crear un registro nacional activo de personas con problemas mentales?"

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  • Medea Benjamin, Wayne LaPierre

    Activist Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink, is led away by security as she protests during a statement by National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, left, during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • David Keene, Wayne LaPierre

    National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre pauses as he makes a statement during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - Members of the activist group Avaaz protest today's NRA press conference with a likeness of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Jr., calling on NRA affiliates like Days Inn and Super 8 to get "out of bed" with the gun lobby, outside the Willard Hotel in Washington, Friday, December 21, 2012. (Paul Morigi / AP Images for Avaaz)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - Members of the activist group Avaaz protest today's NRA press conference with a likeness of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Jr., calling on NRA affiliates like Days Inn and Super 8 to get "out of bed" with the gun lobby, outside the Willard Hotel in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (Paul Morigi / AP Images for Avaaz)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - Members of the activist group Avaaz protest today's NRA press conference with a likeness of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Jr., calling on NRA affiliates like Days Inn and Super 8 to get "out of bed" with the gun lobby, outside the Willard Hotel in Washington, Friday, December 21, 2012. (Paul Morigi / AP Images for Avaaz)

  • Diane Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal

    Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal., left, speaks as she and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., right, discuss proposals made by the NRA in response to the Connecticut school shooting, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - Members of the activist group Avaaz protest today's NRA press conference with a likeness of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Jr., calling on NRA affiliates like Days Inn and Super 8 to get "out of bed" with the gun lobby, outside the Willard Hotel in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (Paul Morigi / AP Images for Avaaz)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ- Members of the activist group Avaaz protest today's NRA press conference with a likeness of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Jr., calling on NRA affiliates like Days Inn and Super 8 to get "out of bed" with the gun lobby, outside the Willard Hotel in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (Paul Morigi / AP Images for Avaaz)

  • Diane Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., right, speaks as he and Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal., discuss proposals made by the NRA in response to the Connecticut school shooting, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

  • Wayne LaPierre

    A protester holds up a sign as National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, left, speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Josh Nelson, campaign manager, CREDO Mobile, center, speaks after his group was denied entrance to the Williard InterContinental Hotel where they wanted to deliver a petition to the National Rifle Association calling for the NRA to get out of the way of gun control, as the NRA is having a news conference in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

  • Asa Hutchison

    Former Rep. Asa Hutchison, R-Ark., gestures as he speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. Hutchinson will lead an National Rifle Association program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, gestures during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Medea Benjamin, Wayne LaPierre

    Activist Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink, is led away by security as she protests during a statement by National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, left, during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, gestures during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • David Keene, Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Zoe Taylor, seven months-old, sleeps while her mother, Sarah Stankorb-Taylor, of Silver Spring, Md., protests for PETA outside of the hotel where the National Rifle Association is having a news conference in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

  • Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • With the US Capitol in the background, gun control advocates protest against the National Rifle Association outside of the hotel where the NRA is having a news conference in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

  • David Keene, Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre ,pauses as he makes a statement during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • David Keene, Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre walks off after making a statement during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Wayne LaPierre

    The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre gestures as he speaks about the violent online video game "Kindergarten Killers", left, during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. 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. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Heather Wicke

    Heather Wicke observa un minuto de silencio durante una marcha frente a las oficinas de la Asociación Nacional de Portadores de Armas (NRA) en Washington el lunes, 17 de diciembre del 2012. (Foto AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Tasha Devoe

    Tasha Devoe, izquierda, participa en una marcha hacia las oficinas de la Asociación Nacional de Portadores de Armas, o NRA, en Washington, el lunes 17 de diciembre de 2012. Frenar la violencia con armas de fuego será una prioridad del presidente Barack Obama en su segundo mandato, dicen sus asesores. (Foto AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

  • Barack Obama

    El presidente estadounidense Barack Obama da un discurso durante un acto de campaña el domingo 7 de octubre de 2012, en Los Angeles, California. La Asociación Nacional de Portadores de Armas (NRA, por sus siglas en inglés) transmite un nuevo anuncio por televisión en cuatro estados en los que predomina el voto indeciso para exhortar a los electores a vencer en las urnas a Obama. (Foto AP/Mark J. Terrill)


El dirigente cabildero responsabilizó a los juegos de video, a las películas y los vídeos musicales por exponer a los niños a una cultura de violencia cotidiana.

"En una contienda por la bajeza, muchas empresas compiten con otras para anonadar, violar y ofender toda la decencia de la sociedad civilizada, al llevar una combinación aún más tóxica de conducta temeraria y crueldad criminal hasta nuestros propios hogares", destacó LaPierre.

Se negó a responder preguntas al concluir su intervención. Aunque las medidas de seguridad fueron intensas, dos manifestantes lograron interrumpir a LaPierre mientras hablaba, mostrando carteles que acusaban a la NRA por la matanza de niños. Ambos fueron expulsados del lugar, mientras gritaban que más armas en las escuelas no constituían la respuesta adecuada.

LaPierre anunció que el ex representante republicano Asa Hutchison, de Arkansas, dirigirá el programa que elaborará un plan modelo de seguridad para las escuelas, el cual se basaría en voluntarios armados.

Los 4,3 millones de miembros de la NRA se abstuvieron de participar en el debate público después de la matanza de Newton, Connecticut, en una actitud inusual mientras todo el país pugnaba por hallar una respuesta a la causa del cruento suceso. La NRA retiró su página de Facebook y mantuvo silencio en Twitter.

Desde la matanza, el presidente Barack Obama ha pedido al Congreso que restablezca la prohibición de las armas automáticas, la cual perdió vigencia en el 2004, y apruebe leyes para impedir que las personas compren pistolas o fusiles sin que se les revisen sus antecedentes.

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