While the National Rife Association has remained silent about Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, is arguing that Americans should bear arms to protect themselves against an ever-expanding government and elected officials.
Appearing on on MSNBC’s Hardball on Monday, Pratt — who immediately after the massacre accused gun safety advocates of having blood on their hands — claimed that had teachers at Sandy Hook elementary school had firearms, the shooting could have been prevented. He added that all Americans should have guns “in order to control the government”:
CHRIS MATTHEWS (HOST): So you’re like Sharron Angle, out in Nevada, who said we need our Second Amendment rights to control when our politicians get out of hand.
PRATT: That’s our Second Amendment rights, she’s not making that up.
MATTHEWS: So how would you use your Second Amendment rights if you didn’t like the way your congressman or senator is representing you? [...]
PRATT: By being prepared. [...]
MATTHEWS: So Larry, it’s not just the right to use guns to protect your homes, it’s the right to take on your government?
PRATT: The government has been overboard.
Pratt suggested that gun owners should use their weapons when the government steals elections or “after a long trail of abuses.” He also threw his support behind fundamentalist groups Branch Davidian.