Trump Says Gun Control Would've Made 'No Difference' in Texas Church Shooting

Rep. Seth Moulton D-Mass. in Washington D.C. in Nov. 2016

Rep. Seth Moulton D-Mass. in Washington D.C. in Nov. 2016

Just remember: If this man didn't have a gun or a rifle, you'd be talking about a much worse situation in the great state of Texas.

The New York Times makes it clear what explains mass shootings: The number of guns in the USA, due to their ready availability.

In fact, some will hold the Texas shooting up as an example of why America needs more people with guns because a Good Samaritan was able to shoot at the gunman.

A number of the perpetrators in recent infamous mass shootings had histories of abusing their wives, mothers and daughters.

Mass shootings involving four or more people now happen nearly daily in the U.S. Even though they're getting deadlier (five of the seven worst have been in the last decade), they're now treated as a simple fact of life.


Trump, who praised an armed civilian that shot the gunman, rebuffed suggestions from a reporter that "extreme vetting" for prospective gun owners could help. The U.S. vastly outstrips the rest of the industrialized world in terms of gun ownership and gun violence.

The total number of criminal gun deaths in America this year, as of November 6, is 13,164. That conviction should have stopped him from legally buying a gun, but his conviction was not entered in a federal database, allowing him to purchase the semiautomatic rifle used to kill 26 people. As a Brit who relocated to the USA, I have had a hard time understanding why many Americans are so attached to their guns, and why the government doesn't put stronger gun control measures in place.

Trump also called the massacre a "mental health problem at the highest level" and not "a guns situation".

"Instead of having 26 dead he would've had hundreds more dead", Trump said. We think there is no fathomable way to predict or prevent the gun carnage like that in Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Orlando, and well, the list goes on.

The Bishops concluded: "We ask that in honour of our many murdered dead, elected leaders who behave as though successive episodes of mass slaughter are simply the price our nation pays for freedom stop the reflexive and corrosive repetition of the phrase "thoughts and prayers".

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