“Chris, I wish to God she had had an M4 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,” Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace this morning.
Rep. Gohmert was referring to Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was murdered Friday in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty seven people were murdered by Adam Lanza Friday morning including 20 children, ages 6 and 7, in first grade.
There are over 300 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. and 47% of American households contain at least one firearm. Self reported gun ownership in America is at the highest point since 1993.
After 70 people were shot and 12 killed at a movie theater by a man using an semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, Gohmert said the reason the attack occurred was, “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and wondered why no one else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.
“There has been great investigation and study into this,” Gohmert said as he commented on Sandy Hook. “They choose this place [because] they know no one will be armed,” he concluded. “Once you start drawing the line, where do you stop? That’s why it is important to not just look at this emotionally.”
Lanza used a .223 semi-automatic M4 Bushmaster assault rifle Friday to kill 26 people. Gohmert, who is a former judge, has served in Congress since 2005 and is a ardent supporter of the National Rifle Association and an opponent of gun control.
Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Wayne Carver, said yesterday that all of the victims of the Sandy Hook School massacre were killed by multiple gun shots from a “long gun”. His comments suggested that even though Lanza had two handguns, the Bushmaster assault rifle was the murder weapon.
A 10 year ban on assault weapons was signed into law in 1994 and expired in 2004.