LaPierre: Homeowners Not Satisfied with 30-Minute Response Like Navy Yard Shooting

September 23, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Wayne LaPierre

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre (AP Photo)

( – In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said Sunday no homeowner would be “satisfied” with a 30-minute police response time if someone was breaking down their door like what happened at the Navy Yard.

“There is not a homeowner in northern Virginia that if somebody is breaking in their door would be satisfied with 30 minutes,” LaPierre said referring to the amount of time it took police officers to bring down Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

D.C. police officers responded seven minutes after an initial report of shots fired at the Navy Yard was called into a police dispatcher between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m. last week, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, according to a timeline compiled by USA Today. Lanier did not have “the exact time of the final engagement,” but she said police engaged in multiple gun battles with Alexis, which lasted more than half an hour “from start to finish” but no more than an hour.

“Let’s just focus on the security aspect, because can it be this sliding scale where you do have armed guards there, but now there’s not enough armed guards and when it comes to schools, if only we had an armed guard and then we had teachers who had weapons, then we could stop it? I mean where does it stop?” host David Gregory asked LaPierre.

“How could anybody look at what happened this week and say there was enough security there? I mean there was one guy, a private security firm, God bless him, he ran toward the fire. There were six others there that were guarding the gates. The Capitol Hill SWAT team was told to stand down. Where’s the outrage about that? The radios didn’t work,” LaPierre said.

“We need to turn seven minutes response, we need to turn 30 minutes before they bring down the shooter into seven seconds and 30 seconds. That’s what we need to be doing, and that’s what I’m talking about with armed response,” he added.