Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, appeared on Fox News Sunday shortly after Carlee Soto, sister of Newtown shooting victim, and told host Chris Wallace that he was unsatisfied with Congress simply defeating the proposed Manchin-Toomey bill in April, and that most current gun restrictions were endangering unarmed Americans by creating dangerous gun-free zones.
“We’re not really able to talk about a victory until we get rid of the laws that prohibit people from being able to protect themselves in schools and in other places,” Pratt said. “Every one of our mass murders in our country has occurred in a place where guns were prohibited…The legislation that’s on the books is lethal. It is killing people. These gunfree zones are murder magnets, and we’ve simply got to get rid of them. It’s an illusion to think that we’ll be safer because we can’t have a gun in a particular area, because the bad guy’s gonna have a gun.”
Pratt also dismissed Wallace’s argument that certain gun control proposals enjoyed popular support, in some cases up to 90%.
“I don’t think 90% of Americans agree on anything,” Pratt said. “From what we were finding, the notion that somehow gun owners were part of that 90% didn’t jive with what we found with our members, with what the NRA found with their members. Gun Owners of America doesn’t put any credence in those polls, and the fact is, Congress didn’t either, because they weren’t hearing that from their constituents.”
Pratt argued that background checks were “not a crime-fighting tool,” and that anyone so dangerous that they should be prohibited from having a gun should be in jail.
Watch the clip below, via Fox News:
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