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LaPierre: ‘There Weren’t Enough Good Guys with Guns’

NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre told Meet the Press this morning that the Navy Yard shooting this week was so deadly because of lack of security at the installation. Asked by David Gregory whether he thought, as the NRA has claimed in the past, that simply more security was needed at the site of the mass shooting, LaPierre said the answer was obvious: “The whole country, David, knows the problem was there weren’t enough good guys with guns. When the good guys got there, it stopped.”

“How can anybody look at what happened this week and say there was enough security there?” LaPierre said. “I mean, there was one guy, [from] a private-security firm . . . there were six guys guarding the gates. The Capital Hill SWAT team was told to stand down.”

“We need to turn seven minutes’ response . . . 30 minutes before they bring down the shooter into seven seconds and 30 seconds,” LaPierre said. “There’s not a homeowner in Northern Virginia that if somebody’s breaking down their door, would be satisfied with 30 minutes.”

LaPierre said the NRA would advocate for more members of the armed services to carry weapons on base, and for “layers of security around our military bases.”

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