Donald Trump: Mental health, not gun problem

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Trump on shooting of journalists: ‘This isn’t a gun problem’.

Donald Trump lamented the state of mental illness in the United States on Thursday, calling it “just a massive problem,” one of many the country has. But Wednesday’s shooting that killed two journalists in Virginia and injured another woman represented “a mental problem,” not “a gun problem,” Trump said in an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” “This was a very sick man and it’s just too bad that we can’t figure these things out beforehand. Trump then charged that, despite his disgust with incidents like Wednesday’s shooting, he still supports gun rights for everything from recreation to safety. I mean, everybody sees the signals but nobody thinks a thing like this could happen,” Trump said of the shooting that claimed the lives of reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward on live television. “They see people and they think they’re disturbed, but what are you going to do, put them in jail for the rest of their life?

I’m a very strong Second Amendment person.” Citing Chicago’s tough gun laws and its rampant crime, Trump suggested that fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens does not make anyone safer. Addressing the situation further, Trump said he knew the area where the shooting happened, and the “people are amazing,” noting that it has been “very inspiring to watch” the journalists’ colleagues react. “And even if they did, what would you do?

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