National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told group members in Houston that those in Boston who were affected by the bombings and manhunt to find the Tsarnaev brothers "wish they had a gun."
He said that people in Boston were "imprisoned" in their homes while the frantic search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on in Watertown, Massachusetts.
LaPierre went on:
Boston proves it. When brave law enforcement officers did their job in that city so courageously, good guys with guns stopped terrorists with guns.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when he was found hiding in a boat in Watertown.
LaPierre stated his worry that the US may become like England where:
...some of that nation's outstanding rifle competitors keep their hobby a dark secret from their neighbors for fear of social disapproval," said Mr LaPierre. "We're not going to let the anti-gunners push us into that zone.