Donald Trump seems to be the only Presidential candidate in recent memory who is speaking honestly about guns and gun control laws as was evidenced by today’s appearance on “Meet the Press.” He made two important points; one, that gun laws by themselves don’t do anything to insure safety, and two, mass killings are going to occur regardless. According to TeaParty.org:
The Republican presidential front-runner believes the focus needs to be on mental health to prevent copycat crimes.
“They’re just sick people. They are mentally imbalanced,” he said adding that people tend to copy crimes like the massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left 10 dead this week.
Trump said gun laws have proven to not equal safety — so inhibiting the rights of Americans to self-defense is actually self-defeating.
“You take Chicago, you take Baltimore, you take various other places where you have tremendous gun violence and death,” he said. “The strictest laws in the United States — in the world — for guns happens to be Chicago where they have a lot of problems. Baltimore, a lot of the places where you have the biggest problem is where they have the strongest laws.”
Todd asked if there were too many guns in America but Trump said the case could be made that there aren’t enough where they matter, like the Oregon school shooting.
“I can make the case that if there were guns in that room other than his, fewer people would have died,” he said.
You can watch the exchange here:
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