Gun Owners of America Blames U.S. Gun Control for Benghazi Attack (Audio)

| by Michael Allen
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Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt recently blamed the gun control "mindset" of the Obama administration for the terrorist attack in Benghazi in September 2012.

According to RightWingWatch.org, Pratt appeared on Steve Malzberg's radio show on Wednesday to talk about the George Zimmerman trial (audio below).

Malzberg started off by denying the Zimmerman trial had anything to do about race, but was actually about gun control.

Pratt added: “They’re trying to use the race card to move against guns. They really don’t want us walking around with a gun, able to defend ourselves. and it really doesn't matter whether we're somewhere within the United States, where they don't want us to have a gun 'because that just leads to more violence."

"Or whether its in Bengazi where they withdrew armed guards protecting the diplomats in that town shortly before it was attacked, and Americans were killed, they just think being able to defend yourself is counter-productive.”

In reality, the U.S. hired the British firm Blue Mountain for its Bengazi consulate security, which in turn hired many untrained local Libyans to provide security, reported Reuters.

“Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in written testimony on October 10, 2012, noted CNSNews.com.

“However, because of Libyan political sensitivities, armed private security companies were not allowed to operate in Libya. Therefore, our existing, uniformed static local guard force, both in Tripoli and Benghazi were unarmed, similar to our static local guard forces at many posts around the world. Their job was to observe, report, and alert armed host nation security, and armed DS agents on-site.”

It wasn't U.S gun control "mindset," as Pratt claims, but rather the Libyan government.

Sources: RightWingWatch.org, Reuters, CNSNews.com