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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is criticizing the National Rifle Association’s call for armed police and security volunteers to be posted at schools.

He said the group’s proposal “is not a plan, but a ploy to bring more guns into our neighborhoods.”

Menino reacted in a statement Friday after the NRA commented on last week’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 children and staff. The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby blamed video games, movies and music videos, saying they expose children to a violent culture day in and day out.

The mayor said Americans are tired of the same buzzwords and rhetoric that have moved the gun control debate nowhere.

Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg lead a coalition of mayors pushing to end gun violence.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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