In this discussion Piers claims that an AR-15 rifle was obtained from a gun store in Virginia. Well, it turns out that he may be wrong. From NBC Washington:
Sources told News4 that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with a 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.As to the problems with the Mother Jones "study" that Piers was alluding to please see this link available here.
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is reporting Alexis purchased a shotgun in Lorton, Va. during the past week or so.
The suspected gunman appeared to have seized firearms from two of his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.
Next to Alexis's body was an ID of a man who used to work at the Navy Yard. Some investigators believe the suspected gunman used that ID to enter the area, which is accessible only through guarded gates, but he may also have shot his way in, Williams reported. . . .
As to Piers' claim that I support armed guards in schools and other places. From a piece that I wrote at Fox News:
The alternative of hiring uniformed armed guards is not only costly, with one armed guard costing more than the cost of training and equipping over 20 employees, but also relatively ineffective as they are usually the first victims shot (e.g., see here and here). . . .UPDATE: Even CNN is not reporting that Piers' categorical statement that an AR-15 rifle was obtained from a store in Virginia is wrong.
It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.
A U.S. law enforcement official said Monday that gunman Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets using an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities believed the AR-15 was used for most of the shooting, the official said. The news prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, to issue a statement the same day asking, "When will enough be enough?"
However, federal law enforcement sources told CNN Tuesday that authorities have recovered three weapons from the scene of the mass shooting, including one -- a shotgun -- that investigators believe Alexis brought in to the compound. The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex. . . .Final note: It is interesting to do these shows on remote sometimes. In this case there was apparently an over 2 second delay between when Piers would say something and I would hear it and presumably the reverse was also true. Apparently, it takes some time for the signal to go up to the satellite and come back down.
Some commentary on our discussion.
From the Washington Post.
From the Huffington Post UK.