- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Friday that he was disappointed President Obama used Wednesday’s Charleston shootings to “grandstand” on gun control, arguing “the one thing” that could have stopped suspected gunman Dylann Roof is another gun.

“All the proposals that this president and others have put forward on gun control would not have stopped this shooting,” Mr. Huckabee told Fox News’ Todd Starnes.

“The one thing that would have at least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been that if somebody in that prayer meeting had a concealed carry or if there had been either an off-duty policeman or an on-duty policeman — somebody with a legal authority to carry a firearm that could have stopped the shooter,” the former Arkansas governor said. “Maybe not everyone would have been saved, but they probably would have gotten to the shooter before the shooter killed nine people and wounded several others.

“It sounds crass, but frankly the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is to have a good person with a weapon that is equal or superior to the one that he’s using,” he added.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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