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Local politicians call the NRA's response "stupid."
11:15 PM, Dec 23, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -
The NRA leader appeared on Sunday morning talk shows, defending his stance to put armed guards in all schools. Local lawmakers are pushing back.
"They're stupid. It doesn't make sense to add more guns to schools. When you add more guns to reduce violence I think you increase violence," said Sen. Lisa Gladden, (D) Baltimore City.
The largest gun lobbyist broke its silence on Friday, a week after 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary by a man with three high-powered guns.
"If it's crazy to call for putting police in our school then call me crazy. I think American people want this," said Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO.
The NRA insists new laws restricting gun owners, including a ban on assault weapons, will not work. But Senator Lisa Gladden, who represents Baltimore City, is making it her mission to outlaw extended magazines, which allow a gunman to carry more ammunition.
Also, she and her colleagues say there's no use for high-powered weapons.
"An automatic or semi-automatic weapon doesn't work for hunters and for all of those who are shooting animals for the purposes of food because it tears up the flesh," said Sen. Gladden.
When it comes to gun stores, a senator from Montgomery County will push to give state police the same authority as the ATF to audit how many guns were used in a crime and place sanctions on the owners. As for the weapons left on the street, Sen. Gladden has a plan.
"If you count them, it tells people I am going to make sure that the right person or the right people have access to these kinds of weapons," she said.
The sponsors of the state bills argue students were killed at Columbine despite the fact that armed police were there. The gun debate will begin in Annapolis, sometime after opening day on January 9, 2013.