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Gohmert: CT Principal Should Have Had Gun

Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert made a case this morning that more guns, not increased legislation controlling them, would lead to a safer environment.

“Every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited,” Gohmert said on Fox News Sunday, adding that there was one exception.

“I wish to God she had had an M4 in her office locked up,” Gohmert said of Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung, “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 rejected the idea that an assault-weapons ban would be good legislation.

“Once you start drawing the line, where do you stop?” he asked. “And, that’s why it is important to not just look at this emotionally, and, the reaction is, let’s get rid of all guns and you do that as a judge and react emotionally but use your head and you look at the facts..” The facts, Gohmert continued, were that “every time concealed-carry has been allowed the crime rate has gone down. Washington, D.C., around us ought to be the safest place in America and it’s not. Chicago ought to be safe. it’s not, because, their gun laws don’t work.”

On the program earlier, Illinois Democrat senator Dick Durbin argued that arming school employees would be the wrong way to tackle the matter.

“I honestly think that that argument just doesn’t hold water,” Durbin said, “When you think about it, are we talking about arming teachers, arming principals? Is that going to make us a safer America? I don’t think so. Too many people are harmed by firearms, their own firearms, accidentally misused or turned on them.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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