La. AG candidate uses Paris killings to raise money
BATON ROUGE - A candidate for Louisiana attorney general is using claims that less gun control could have prevents recent Paris terror attacks in order to raise money and attention for his campaign.
Jeff Landry, a Republican and former state representative, stated on his campaign website that if "liberal policies like gun control" hadn't been in place, the recent attacks which killed 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo could have been stopped.
The statement was labeled "Come and take it!", has an area for people to submit their information for a petition, and is connected to Landry's fundraising page.
"I'll fight Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Buddy Caldwell, or any other liberal who wants to restrict our God-given right to protect our families," Landry said on his site.
Gun ownership is allowed in France, and guns can be carried in public with a concealed carry permit. Automatic firearms are restricted, including semi-automatic weapons which are more common in the United States. Gun owners in France must also undergo a more rigorous licensing process than in America.
Data collected by gun control advocates says more people are killed by guns in the United States each day than in France, with 0.2 deaths in France versus 2.83 deaths in the United States per 100,000 people. The U. S. has also seen more mass shooting incidences than France, with 24 reported incidences of shootings where 7 or more people died in the U. S. since 1995.
Louisiana has the highest annual gun death rate of any state in the U.S., at 18.91 deaths per 100,000 people in 2011 according to data from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 46 percent of Louisiana households own a gun according to gun ownership data from 2002.
Several conservative pundits in the U. S. made claims similar to Landry's in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack. A volunteer group in Texas recently recreated the Charlie Hebdo shooting in an office using 30 volunteers armed with simulated firearms, intending to gather data on how an armed civilian would react when faced with a similar mass shooting situation.
In all the scenarios run by the Texas group only one volunteer survived, by running away. None of the volunteers were able to stop both gunmen.
Landry faces incumbent Buddy Caldwell and 18th JDC District Attorney Martin Maley in the 2015 Republican primary for attorney general.