GOP Rep.: Arm School Officials To Stop Shootings

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 16 2012 12:48 PM

Republican Lawmaker: I Wish Sandy Hook Principal Had an Assault Rifle in her Office

1355680007868
Rep. Louie Gohmert has said that "guns are the great equalizer"

Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, said on Fox News that the way to prevent mass shootings in the United States is by making sure there are more guns, not fewer. Gohmert said that considering Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung was killed while lunging at the shooter, the situation might have turned out differently if she had kept a gun in her office, reports the Hill. "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,” Gohmert said. The lawmaker said that it’s time for an “open-minded” conversation about guns, noting that “every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited." Watch footage of the interview after the jump.

Considering Gohmert has proposed a bill that would allow lawmakers to arm themselves in Washington, D.C.—“We’re sitting ducks,” he told Fox News on Friday—his views are hardly surprising. But he isn’t alone. Former education secretary William Bennett told NBC that schools should consider giving weapons to employees to prevent shootings. "It has to be someone who is trained, it has to be someone who is responsible," he said, according to Politico. "But my God, if you can prevent this kind of thing."

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Trending News Channel
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.