The NRA didn't have to and in reality should not have said anything in the first place. All they did was add fuel to the fire for all the people that hate them.
I read the transcript and while I think they are very short sighted in their "solution", it would be short sighted of me to suggest that the NRA is responsible or culpable for this shooting. It is not their fault that Adam Lanza (who was mentally ill) murdered 26 people..and to suggest so is ridiculous. Again..they should have just not said anything at all.
In the meantime, I'm still waiting to hear a legitimate and realistic good idea from the either side.
For the record.. I don't want police in all of the schools because not only do I think it wouldn't be that effective but it would just be one step closer to a National Police Force. No thank you.