Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Sunday said he wished the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary had been armed so she could have protected the school when a gunman burst in and started spraying bullets.
"I wish to God she had had an M4 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, when she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids," Gohmert said on "Fox News Sunday."
The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, has been credited with running into the hallway toward the shooter once the gunfire sounded at the Newtown, Conn. school. Twenty-six people, including Hochsprung and 20 children, were shot dead.
With a renewed nationwide debate over gun control in the wake of the tragedy, Gohmert said "every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited, except for one...they know no one will be armed."
Asked by host Chris Wallace why the average person needs access to "weapons created for law enforcement," Gohmert said it goes back to the country's founding.
"For the reason that George Washington said, a free people should be an armed people," Gohmert said. "It ensures against the tyranny of the government if they know that the biggest army is the American people, then you don't have the tyranny that came from King George."
Gohmert asked, "once you start drawing the line, where do you stop?"