PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The most powerful gun organization in the country is speaking out for the first time since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

A few hours after Friday morning’s bell ringing ceremony in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association held its news conference, but not without interruption.

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It was the first time the NRA has broken its silence since the massacre.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, said.

The executive vice president of the NRA went on to request this of Congress.

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“I call on Congress today to act immediately to put armed police officers in every school in the country and to do it now,” said LaPierre.

Meantime, as local shoppers went about their business Friday after the news conference, they had much to say about armed police officers at every school.

“I think we need to put more thought into the solutions before coming up with quick answers like that,” said Angie Lagoe, of Squirrel Hill.

“I think they should have stopped the kids from going to school for a week and really gotten something in place,” added Samuel Dodds, of Brookline. “I think there should be security guards in school… with a gun.”

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