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Trump sidesteps gun control questions after Texas shooting

Trump sidesteps gun control questions after Texas shooting”

Since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016, there have been 555 mass shootings as the Federal Bureau of Investigation defines them: four or more people shot at once.

Trump's initial reluctance to answer the question mirrors what many pro-gun politicians often say: that it's "too soon" to discuss gun violence and ways to combat it.

Trump had said a day earlier in Tokyo that the shooting occurred due to a mental health problem at the highest level and not because of arms.

During his visit to South Korea, Donald Trump was asked whether he'd push for the same "extreme vetting" of gun-owners he's proposed for refugees and USA visa holders.

Americans may someday look back in shame at a time when their country was awash in guns, when every few weeks people were slaughtered en masse and when society repeatedly mourned its dead, even as it facilitated their murder with easy access to powerful weapons.

'And I can only say this, ' Trump added: 'If he didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead'.

"It's okay if you feel that's an appropriate question", Trump replied, which is what you say when it's not okay and you think the question is inappropriate AF. "Not going to help", Trump said at a news conference in South Korea.

Trump was referring to an armed citizen who reportedly shot gunman Devin Patrick Kelley in the leg and torso.

But the most disturbing thing about the president's overall attitude toward Sunday's devastating attack - the deadliest mass shooting in the great state of Texas' history, by the way - is that he seems to be rather blasé about the now-endemic nature of these attacks being the new normal for Americans.

Still, the focus on the "good guy with the gun" being unable to purchase his firearm is ridiculous-there is simply no way of knowing that for sure. We know that stricter gun laws work - we can see as much within this recent shooting itself, and note that had the background check system functioned properly, it could have prevented the carnage we saw this past Sunday.

Reasonable people can disagree, but Trump is making an unreasonable argument here. It's possible that Willeford prevented Kelley from taking his spree to a second location. And he actually contends that stronger gun control might have multiplied the death toll in Sutherland Springs. The president cited the prevalence of gun violence in Chicago as evidence that gun control does not work.

Mr Trump's more muted response to gun violence contrasts with his swift call for legislative and military action following the October 31 truck attack in NY. President Trump believes that this threat is so unacceptable, we should bar as many Syrian refugees from entering our nation as is diplomatically tenable.

Trump, who has been quick to label attacks by Muslims as "acts of terror" said the U.S.

This may be a coherent policy for maximizing the financial security of weapons manufacturers, and the psychological security of Islamophobic survivalists.



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