WOODBURY - The nation's largest gun rights lobby broke its silence on the Newtown, Conn. massacre today.

National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre blamed politicians and the media for gun violence while pushing for armed officers in every school in America.

Long Island parents that spoke to News 12 had mixed responses to the NRA's "National School Shield Emergency Response Program."

Longtime gun control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) said in a statement: "We need to be looking at not just school security but at counseling, after-school programs, our mental health and juvenile justice systems and the safety restrictions we put on some of the most dangerous consumer products in the world."

LaPierre also suggested creating a national registry of the mentally ill as a way to help curb gun violence.

He did not take questions after the morning news conference but urged anyone with inquiries to call starting Monday.