NRA VP LaPierre calls for national registry for mentally ill

Last Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

The executive vice president of the National Rifle Association reiterated a call for armed guards in schools, but would not entertain the idea of more control over guns.

He did, however, press for a national database for the mentally ill.

Wayne LaPierre appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday where he said it would be easy to find federal funds to put an armed guard in every school.

"We have all kinds of foreign aid that we do, my gosh, we're doing two billion to train the police in Iraq," LaPierre said. "With all the money in the federal budget, if we can't come up with the money to do this, there's something wrong in this country."

LaPierre, however, said he would not participate in a "broader conversation" about guns in the country. He opposed reducing the size of gun magazines, and opposed ways to curb private gun sales. He said Americans would rise up to defend their Second Amendment right.

However, LaPierre did say that America's mental health system was "cracked" and said that de-institutionalizing the mentally ill has put too many dangerous people on the streets.

"We have a completely cracked mentally ill system that's got these monsters walking the streets," LaPierre said.

Thirty-eight states have a database of people who are mentally ill.

LaPierre also chided the federal government for not investing enough in a law that makes it illegal for convicted felons to possess guns.

On Friday LaPierre formally announced the NRA's position that there should be armed guards in every school, and called for a national database for the mentally ill.

On ABC's "This Week," former Congressman Asa Hutchinson likened the armed guards to federal air marshals on planes. Hutchinson is now heading up the NRA's school emergency response program.