The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday broke its week-long silence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school massacre, calling for a national program to put armed police in every school.

In a jam-packed news conference at the Willard Hotel in Washington, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said “properly trained armed good guys” – not tougher gun laws – are the only effective way to protect the country’s schoolchildren.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. “I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation – and to do it now.”