President Donald Trump spoke with the press on Tuesday about the recent and tragic shooting that took place last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Gun control activists pressed the POTUS for tighter restriction on guns and implored him to seek “extreme vetting” to prevent further gun crimes in the nation. Speaking from South Korea, where U.S. and Korean militaries continue to engage in air force exercises, the President quickly squashed the idea by suggesting it wouldn’t reduce these crimes.
- The shooter, who was later identified as one Devin Patrick Kelley, was carrying a military-type rifle and had a history containing multiple red flags. New evidence shows that Kelley once escaped a mental health facility in 2012 and had a previous court order for domestic violence that prohibited him from owning or using guns. Unfortunately, Kelley’s court order information and past criminal history were never entered into the national database. Thus, he was able to purchase a gun without issue.
- In his statement, the POTUS specifically pointed out a belief that further restrictions would only cause further harm. “If we did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him, and hit him and neutralize him.”
- The President also suggested that gun restrictions would only serve to elevate active shooter situation death counts. “If he didn’t have a [gun], instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.”
- Trump seemed surprised that the press would ask such a question while he was visiting South Korea, the closest country to the volatile and unstable North Korean empire. “If you feel that that’s an appropriate question, even though we’re in the heart of South Korea, I will certainly answer your question.”
- Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley had a legally significant background that should have raised red flags, but didn’t. The shooter was also related by marriage to at least one of the parishioners. Despite cries of terror, it seems the event was much more localized.
What are your thoughts on Trump’s response to the situation?