NRA's LaPierre: 'There Weren't Enough Good Guys with Guns' at Navy Yard
During the September 22 airing of Meet The Press, host David Gregory pointed out the presence of armed guards on the perimeter of the D.C. Navy Yard and asked NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre whether the Navy Yard shooting undermined the NRA argument that good guys with guns are the best way to stop bad guys with guns.
LaPierre answered, "No," and then continued: "The whole country... knows what the problem is--there weren't enough good guys with guns. When the good guys with guns got there [the shooting] stopped."
Earlier in the show, as Gregory kept pointing out the presence of armed guards at the perimeter of the Navy Yard, LaPierre explained that those guards are simply not enough. He said the NRA is "calling for layers of security around our military bases," including reversing polices that "largely disarm... all these brave men and women that signed up to serve in the military."
Gregory responded to these points by suggesting LaPierre has a "sliding scale" for what's needed, accusing LaPierre of supporting armed guards until armed guards alone did not suffice. LaPierre responded with the best points of the show when he said the NRA is not focused on armed guards alone or armed military personnel or armed teachers alone.
How could anyone look at what happened this week and say there was enough security [at the Navy Yard]? There was one guy... with a private security firm [and] there were six others there that were guarding the gates. The Capital Hill SWAT team was told to stand down. Where's the outrage about that? [And] the radios didn't work.
We need to turn 7 minutes response time, we need to turn 30 minutes before they bring down the shooter into 7 seconds and 30 seconds. That's what we need to be doing and that's what I'm talking about with armed response.
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