Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The leader of National Rifle Association (NRA) blamed the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) to lack of “armed good guys” following President Barack Obama’s comment that a stronger background check could have prevented the massacre.
Wayne LaPierre told the NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview on Sunday that the good guys with guns could have confronted the shooter, Aaron Alexis, if they were there at the time of the shooting rampage that killed a dozen people last week. He added that good guys with guns stopped the shooter when they arrived.
The remarks from the gun ownership advocate try to debunk again Obama’s latest pronouncements on the sixth case of mass shooting under his term. On Saturday, the President spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s awards dinner urging gun control proponents to continue fighting for stringent background check on gun purchasers to prevent another mass shooting.
But LaPierre countered that the national instant check system is flawed by not screening out mentally ill or dangerous people to prevent them from buying guns, as in the case of Alexis.
Alexis had a history of mental health problem but was able to buy a shotgun that he used in the massacre at the WNY.
Meanwhile, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with and comfort the families of the victims of the shooting at the Marine Barracks Washington on Sunday.