The press conference was a push by the group to shift focus from gun control to violent video games and mental healthcare programs. The NRA said it would be offering free resources and training through their newly launched "National School Shield" program.
Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were murdered by Adam Lanza last Friday. The shooter also killed his mother and himself.
Democrats have renewed their push for gun control measures in the wake of the shooting, and President Obama has requested specific legislation by January.
Several Democrats said the NRA had broken with reality in their announcement on Friday. Connecticut's Sen.-elect Chris Murphy (D) tweeted that he was attending a Newtown funeral during the NRA announcement, and called it "revolting."
Walking out of another funeral and was handed the NRA transcript. The most revolting, tone deaf statement I've ever seen.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 21, 2012
NRA press conf. appalling in its insensitivity to #Newtown parents & families & every parent in America clutching our hearts the past week.— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) December 21, 2012
NRA's Lapierre doubles down. Says schools need more guns. A right wing fanatic whose worldview is distorted beyond words. #Newtown— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) December 21, 2012
#NRA leadership's drive to fill our schools w/ more deadly guns & ammo is wildly out of touch w/ responsible gun owners & American public.— Frank R. Lautenberg (@FrankLautenberg) December 21, 2012
NRA promised "meaningful contributions" to the debate on gun violence.Instead they offer more guns, more violence.Outrageous.— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) December 21, 2012
Where is their "meaningful contribution?" They want absurd domestic spending increase w/o new ideas to take guns away from bad guys #NRA— Congressman Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) December 21, 2012
#NRA message today: "Only solution to gun violence will always be more guns & no one else understands the issue." What a disgrace.— Jim Langevin (@jimlangevin) December 21, 2012
Outraged by NRA speech today. Militarizing our schools? More guns? They are incapable of being part of the solution.— Tim Bishop (@TimBishopNY) December 21, 2012
Conservatives preach no federal govt and local control of schools until the NRA wants the federal government to mandate guns in schools?— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 21, 2012
What the #NRA proposed is disgracefully out-of-touch w/ the common-sense reforms mainstream America (inc. sensible gun owners) demand.— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) December 21, 2012
Farcical NRA press conf only strengthens need for Congress and American people to stand up to the gun lobby and press for #guncontrol now.— Rep. John Tierney (@RepTierney) December 21, 2012
NRA wants armed government agents in every school; sounds totalitarian to me #thoughtpolice— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) December 21, 2012
Updated at 12:45 p.m.