Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Gun control won't prevent gun violence, says Trump

Gun control won't prevent gun violence, says Trump

It's a common reaction to mass violence - who in their right mind would commit these senseless crimes? 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.

"If you did what you're suggesting there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very fearless 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 bristled at getting the question while "in the heart of South Korea", in a news conference focused mainly on North Korea and bilateral trade issues.

In a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, the president chastised a reporter for daring to bring up the shooting before reluctantly answering her question about whether he would consider any legislation to make it harder for people to buy guns, in light of two of the nation's deadliest mass shootings taking place in a span of five weeks.

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Trump suggested that hundreds more could have been killed as opposed to the 26 who died.

Advocacy groups such as the American Psychological Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness push for a more holistic approach when determining gun access.

"If [the neighbor] didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead", Trump claimed, "you would have had hundreds more dead". And Chicago is a disaster. "It's a total disaster", Trump replied. 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.

On Monday, before any of Kelly's history had come out, President Donald Trump cited mental illness as the reason Kelly had shot 26 people.

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According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of November 6 - the 310th day of 2017 - there have been 307 mass shootings.

As has become customary after a mass killing, news outlets including the New York Times have published reports this week showing the clear correlation between the prevalence of firearms in the USA and that of shootings in churches, schools, and other public places. So I'd love to get the president's thoughts on when the "appropriate" time to have this conversation might be.

Trump is ignorant of the data, perhaps willfully so, because it helped him get campaign dollars from the gun lobby last year and will probably help him in the years ahead. White American. Could there be some sort of pattern here?

When looking at the top 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern USA history, the killers break down into seven white male shooters and three shootings that involved non-white perpetrators.

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