New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the NRA's call for armed guards in schools represents a paranoid vision of America.
Bloomberg has long called for stricter gun control laws.
He says Friday's press conference by the nation's largest gun lobby group was "a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country."
The NRA's proposal to put armed guards in U.S. schools comes after 26 people were shot to death last Friday in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. The victims included 20 children.
They were shot by 20-year-old Adam Lanza who also killed his mother and himself.
Bloomberg says the NRA lobbyists blamed "everyone by themselves" for the crisis of gun violence. He says America must rise above and demand that Congress and President Obama work on reasonable gun restrictions.