Republican congressman says Sandy Hook principal should have had a machine gun so she could 'take his head off before he killed those precious kids'
20:18 GMT, 16 December 2012
A Republican Congressman said that elementary school principals should be armed and have access to assault rifles in order to kill potential shooters.
Representative Louie Gohmert theorized that if the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School had an M-4 rifle in her office, then she would have been able to shoot Adam Lanza before he proceeded to kill 20 students and six adults at the Newtown, Connecticut school.
'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 lunge heroically with nothing in her hands and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids,' he said.
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Counter attack: Rep. Louie Gohmert argued that if the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School had a gun she could have stopped the shooter from killing 20 children and five other school teachers
Alone: Gohmert is one of the very few Republicans who have spoken out publicly in favor of increased gun accessibility in the wake of the Friday attack
School principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47, was one of the first victims in the Friday shooting after Adam Lanza stormed into the school. She and school psychologist Mary Sherlach tried to stop him before he went into classrooms targeting young children.
Mr Gohmert told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace that his knowledge of former mass murder scenes makes him believe that the way to prevent similar incidents is to increase the number of guns available rather than limiting access.
He feels that 'having been a judge and reviewed photographs of these horrific scenes and knowing that children have these defensive wounds, gun shots through their arms and hands as they try to protect themselves, and, hearing the heroic stories of the principal, lunging, trying to protect (the children)' the principal would have been helped if she had her own automatic weapon.
Mr Gohmert was one of the few Republicans speaking out in favor of increased fun access in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, which prompted outcry from politicians and citizens alike for the strengthening of gun laws.
School principal Dawn Hochsprung: Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School heard her being killed over the intercom system
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Crime scene: Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning
In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Mr Gohmert said that one of the reasons for the high death and injury toll was because there were so few people who had concealed weapons on them at the time of the July shooting.
'It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly' he said at the time.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein had the opposite response to Mr Gohmert, announcing on Meet The Press that she plans to introduce a bill that would 'aim at limiting the sale, transfer and possession of assault weapons, along with the capacity of high-capacity magazines.'
She said that her bill- along with a similar bill in the House of Representatives- will be proposed on the first day of the next Congress when politicians return after the holidays.
Video: Representative Louie Gohmert on Fox News…
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