(KCEN) -- The NRA is fighting the push for new gun laws.
And the head of the powerful gun group is defending its controversial plan to put armed guards in schools.
Congress won't be able to do anything about guns until sometime next month but forces on each side of the issue are staking out their positions on Capitol Hill.
The powerful gun lobby and its allies insists gun laws aren't the answer they want more guns in the hands of good guys.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne Lapierre says, "It's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy."
New York Senator Chuck Schumer says,"Trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes."
Lapierre insists the NRA is as influential as ever and predicts a public backlash against lawmakers who try to ban guns.