U.S. Senator-elect Chris Murphy, a Congressman whose district includes Newtown, called Friday's announcement from the National Rifle Association "the most revolting, tone-deaf statement I've ever heard."
"While Newtown continues the horrifying work of burying 20 children and six adults, the NRA has the gall to say that the solution to this problem is more, not fewer guns," he said.
"The NRA has now made itself completely irrelevant to the national conversation about preventing gun violence, by saying that the answer to the tragedy in Newtown is to put more deadly semi-automatic assault weapons on the streets and into our schools."
The NRA statement Friday -- after a weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people last week in Sandy Hook -- called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."