The CEO of Freedom Group, manufacturer of the popular Bushmaster brand AR-15 used in the Newtown school shooting, spoke out about the criticism his company has been receiving.
“It’s very easy to blame an inanimate object," George Kollitides told the Washington Times in an exclusive interview. "Any kind of instrument in the wrong hands can be put to evil use."
“He killed the gun’s owner, stole her car, stole her gun and then went to a school and killed innocent kids," he told me in his small New York office. "No background checks could have prevented that. He illegally obtained the guns.”
He added: “Only two things could have potentially stopped him: his mother locking up her guns and an armed guard. Even then, he could have driven his stolen car into a playground full of kids. He was intent on killing, which we know is already illegal.”
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Kollitides noted that Lanza illegally obtained the guns used in the Dec. 14 killing spree from his mother — who he also murdered — and said the expanded background checks some legislators have called in the wake of the slayings would not have prevented the tragedy.