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Rick Santorum praises ‘guns everywhere’ law: ‘A well-armed family is a safe family’

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 27, 2014 14:09 EDT
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Rick Santorum speaks to CBS
 
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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday asserted that Americans were safer with more guns everywhere — including airports and at home.

Last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed signed the so-called “guns everywhere” law, allowing firearms to be carried in schools, bars, churches and government buildings.

CBS host Bob Schieffer asked Santorum on Sunday if the law was a “good idea.”

“I said this at the NRA, I think a well-armed family is a safe family,” Santorum declared. “I think a well-armed America is a safer America. I think if you look at anything from all of these attacks that have taken place is that if people had actually had weapons there, those attacks would have been thwarted and people’s lives would have been saved.”

“In fact, there are millions of lives that are saved in American every year — or millions of instances like that where gun owners have prevented crimes and stopped things from happening because of having guns at the scene.”

Schieffer wondered if Santorum would support law-abiding gun owner bringing military assault-style rifles into airports.

The former Pennsylvania senator argued that law-abiding gun owners would want to bring a concealed handgun into an airport instead of an AK-47.

“I don’t think this is going to encourage some bad guy to cause harm in an airport, but it’s going to create an opportunity that if something bad does happen at an airport, that maybe someone will be there to be able to stop it,” Santorum opined.

“It’s a wrongheaded approach that somehow or another, that if we take guns away from people — law-adding people who want to protect themselves — that the world is going to be safer,” he remarked. “In fact, just the opposite.”

Watch the video below from CBS’ Face the Nation, broadcast April 27, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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