Md. first lady: ‘I don’t know why anybody needs an AK-47′ (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:03
Md. first lady: ‘I don’t know why anybody needs an AK-47′ [VIDEO]
Published: 5:33 PM 08/07/2012
By Nicholas Ballasy
Reacting to the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Maryland first lady Katie O’Malley told The Daily Caller that she does not “understand why somebody needs an AK-47″ or an “arsenal,” but stopped short of calling for President Barack Obama to push Congress on enacting gun control laws.
“We need to learn more about that [the incident], but, again, you know, this access to weapons and the hate that some people have and just the combination of those two things are really what make these tragedies like the one [Sunday], as well as the one that happened in Colorado, something that we need, on a national level, to start talking about and start reviewing what we’re doing and how we are making these guns so accessible,” she told TheDC at the U.S. Department of Education’s Bullying Prevent Summit on Monday. “I certainly agree that people are the ones pulling the triggers, but why are we making it so easy for people to get these weapons?”
The shooter, Wade Michael Page, had reportedly been on federal investigators radar before the incident. The shooting resulted in the deaths of seven people, including Page.
“I don’t know why anybody needs an AK-47. I certainly do appreciate hunters and their sporting reasons for having weapons, and I appreciate people who want to have weapons for their safety. … I don’t understand why somebody needs an AK-47 or why somebody needs to have an arsenal. I don’t understand why we can’t get a better control of that as a country,” she said.