Still, Hutchinson's focus is fully consistent with the NRA's push after Newtown for a national program featuring more guns in schools to protect kids.
Security was thick during Tuesday's briefing at the National Press Club, with at least a dozen members of the security detail monitoring the lobby, the halls and even the bathrooms long before Hutchinson took the podium – a rare occurrence in that venue, and one that wasn't overlooked by the crowd of reporters.
Hutchinson, for his part, said the heavy security is just business as usual.
"If you go into a mall, there's security, and so there's security here at the National Press Club," Hutchison said.
Reporters noted, however, that there's not usually security at the National Press Club. One asked Hutchinson if he was afraid of something.
"There's nothing I'm afraid of," Hutchinson said. "I'm very wide open. There's nothing I'm nervous about."