Gohmert, Bennett: Ban Guns or Arm School Officials?

December 17, 2012 - 8:04 AM

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The American manufactured AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "Every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited," Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on Sunday.

If Sandy Hook Elementary School Principle Dawn Hochsprung had been armed, her heroic attempt to stop the shooter might have worked, Gohmert told "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace:

"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 she didn't have to lung heroically with nothing in her hands, but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids."

Why do people need semi-automatic weapons? Wallace asked. Wallace referred to them several times as "weapons of mass destruction."

"Well, for the reason George Washington said a free people should be an armed people," Gohmert responded. "It ensures against the tyranny of the government. If they know that the biggest army is the American people, then you don't have the tyranny that came from King George. That is why it was put in there, that's why once you start drawing the line, where do you stop?"

Gohmert noted that in places that allow concealed carry, the crime rate has gone down. And he said that gun control hasn't made cities like Washington or Chicago any safer.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," conservative author and radio host Bill Bennett said even the most "careful legislation" won't remove guns that are already in circulation.

He also noted the "heroism" of the  teachers and school officials who gave their lives in the attempt to stop the gunman: "I'm not so sure I wouldn't want one person in a school armed, ready for this kind of thing.

"The principal lunged at this guy. The school psychologist lunged at the guy. It has to be someone who's trained. It has to be someone who is responsible. But, my God, if you can prevent this kind of thing, I think you ought to," Bennett said.

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