The Washington Times - December 16, 2012, 10:18AM

Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, said Sunday he wished Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, who was shot as she lunged at gunman Adam Lanza, had had access to a rifle on Friday as the deadly shootings were occurring in Newtown, Conn.

“Hearing the heroic stories of the principal, lunging, trying to protect … I wish to God she had had an M-4 [carbine rifle] 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, but she takes him out, takes his head off before he kills those precious kids,” Mr. Gohmert said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Mrs. Hochsprung was one of 26 victims of the deadly shootings Friday at Sandy Hook. Twenty of them were 6- and 7-year-old children — 12 girls and eight boys.

Host Chris Wallace asked Mr. Gohmert why regular citizens need firearms that go beyond hunting rifles, for example — semi-automatic weapons designed for law enforcement and the military.

“For the reason that George Washington said: A free people should be an armed people,” Mr. Gohmert said. “It ensures against the tyranny of the government. If you know the biggest army is the American people, then you don’t have the tyranny that came from King George. That’s why it was put in there. That’s why — once you start drawing the line, where do you stop? And that is why it is important not to just look emotionally … you react emotionally, but you use your head and you look at the facts.”