Speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed that guns would be needed by citizens during natural disasters (video below).
According to ThinkProgress.org, Sen. Graham told Attorney General Eric Holder that an AR-15 would have been “a better defense tool” than “a double-barrel shotgun” after Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy.
Ironically, Sen. Graham voted against aid for victims Hurricane Sandy, whom he claimed to care about in today's hearing.
"Let me give an example. That you have a lawless environment where you have a natural disaster or some catastrophic event and those things, unfortunately, do happen. And law and order breaks down because the police can’t travel, there’s no communication. And there are armed gangs roaming around neighborhoods," said Sen. Graham.
"Can you envision a situation where if your home happens to be in the cross-hairs of this group that a better self-defense weapon may be a semiautomatic AR-15 versus a double-barrel shotgun?"
Holder replied: "I think we’re dealing there with a hypothetical in a world…"
Sen, Graham then claimed: "Well, I’m afraid that world does exist. I think it existed in New Orleans, to some exist in Long Island, it could exist tomorrow if there’s a cyber attack against the country and the power grid goes down and the dams are released and chemical plants are discharges...
"What I’m saying is if my family was in the cross-hairs of gangs that were roaming around New Orleans or any other location, that the turn effect of an AR-15 to protect my family is better than a double-barrel shotgun, but the Vice President and I have a disagreement on that."
Sen. Graham failed to mention that most gun murders are not committed by roving gangs, but rather by family members and close friends, reported the FBI in 2010.