The National Rifle Association has claimed today’s tragic shooting of two reporters wouldn’t have happened if America’s reporters were better armed.
WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during an interview in the town of Moneta by a lunatic using a gun that was all too easy for him to take ownership of.
However NRA spokesperson Wayne Lepierre said both reporters would still be alive if they had opened fire first.
He told reporters, “This tragic incident would not have happened had either of them been able to draw their sidearm first.”
“They would have seen a former colleague approaching and could have shot him in the face before he had the chance to even open his mouth.”
“The only way to stop heavily armed disgruntled employees killing people they think have wronged them, is to ensure that all other employees are – at a minimum – equally well-armed. Ideally better armed, really.”
“These deaths are not the gun’s fault, or the fault of gun legislation, obviously.”
“If anything they are the fault of a dangerous lack of guns.”
“You only have to take a cursory look at the news in other countries where handguns are banned to read about disgruntled former employees going into offices and beating people to death, every single day.”