- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden says the Texan who confronted Sutherland Springs’ mass shooter this month never should have owned an AR-15.

Gunman Devin Kelley was shot and wounded on Nov. 5 by hero Stephen Willeford during the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history, but Mr. Biden told an NBC audience on Monday that an AR-15 should not have aided the good Samaritan. His comments came during a “Today” show appearance that was opened up for an audience Q&A session.

“How do you justify the Democratic [Party’s] view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun?” a woman asked.

“Well, first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldn’t be carrying,” Mr. Biden replied, the Daily Wire reported. “Assault weapons are … I wrote the last serious gun control law that was written and was law for 10 years, and it outlawed assault weapons and it outlawed weapons with magazines that had a whole lot of bullets and so you can kill a whole lot of people a lot more quickly.”

Mr. Willeford, a former National Rifle Association instructor, said in follow-up interviews after the shooting that his AR-15’s firepower was necessary because Mr. Kelley wore protective body armor.

“If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and Kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile,” told conservative pundit Stephen Crowder on Nov. 6. “I ran out with an AR-15 and that’s what he was shooting the place up with.”

Mr. Kelly killed 26 and wounded 20 others during his rampage.

Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters that initial autopsy reports indicated the gunman’s cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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