(CNSNews.com) – Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) was "insane" to say that things would have gone differently if Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung had been armed with a semi-automatic rifle.
“There are 40 people behind me who would love to answer that question, but I will feel their spirit, and I will do it on behalf of them - that is insane. My brother was shot in a chaotic shooting on the observation deck of the Empire State building, and everyone who was there would say with certainty that having more weapons would have only resulted in more carnage,” said Gross.
“The people that were there at Virginia Tech would tell you the same thing. The people who were there in the confusion and smoke of the movie theater in Aurora would say the same thing,” he said.
Gross was accompanied by the families of victims of gun violence, including those killed at Virginia Tech and in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.
Adam Lanza killed 26 people – 20 of which were children – in a shooting massacre at Sandy Hooks Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.
Gohmert, speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, said studies have shown that mass shootings happen where the public is unarmed. "They choose this place [because] they know no one will be armed," he said.
"Chris, I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out ... and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids," Gohmert said.
Gross said Gohmert was “not speaking on behalf of the conversation on the part of the American public, and it’s important not to devolve into that conversation or be distracted by it, because any sensible American knows the answer to violence isn’t more violence, the answer to guns isn’t more guns.”
More violence and guns “is not the vision of the American public,” Gross said.
“So I would hope that the representative is ultimately held accountable for irresponsible statements like that, that only undermine our public health and safety rather than solving this problem that these people so desperately want solved and that now our entire nation so desperately want solved,” he added.