sraeli officials disputed claims made by the National Rifle Association on Sunday that the country serves as proof for the association's belief that the U.S. needs more weapons, not fewer, in light of a school shooting earlier in December where 26 children and adults died.
The NRA responded to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hooks Elementary School in Connecticut by rejecting claims about tighter gun control and instead calling for armed guards and police at schools. On Sunday, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre appeared on the NBC News Show "Meet the Press" and referenced the Israeli school security system to back his proposal.
"Israel had a whole lot of school shootings until they did one thing: They said, 'We're going to stop it,' and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then," LaPierre said.
However, CBS News reported that Israel has had only two school shootings in the past four decades. The worst was in 1974 when terrorists took 115 people hostage in a school in Maalot and used them to free other terrorists - a completely different motive and incident than that which took place at the Newton elementary school.