By Keith Laing
The TSA was created in 2002 by a Republican-led House and its creation was signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush. The agency has since emerged as a target of conservative fury as critics have argued that its airport security procedures violate airline passenger's privacy.
LaPierre cast his call for armed security guards at schools in starkly different terms Friday.
"Politicians pass laws for gun free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them," he said. "They post signs advertising them. And, in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre continued. "Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or from a minute away?"