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

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dis­missed ques­tions Tues­day about if he’d pur­sue the same kind of “ex­treme vet­ting” for wouldbe gun own­ers. When asked by NBC News about gun con­trol in the af­ter­math of the deadly shoot­ing at a Texas church over the week­end, Trump said it wasn’t the right place or time to ask the ques­tion be­fore ex­plain­ing that such mea­sures would have made “no dif­fer­ence” on Sun­day. “You’re bring­ing up a sit­u­a­tion that prob­a­bly shouldn’t be dis­cussed too much right now,” he said dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in. Trump, who ad­vo­cated for stricter vet­ting poli­cies in the hours af­ter a ter­ror at­tack on New York City last week, said “we could let a lit­tle time go by” be­fore talk­ing about gun con­trol, “but it’s okay if you feel that that’s an ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tion, even though we’re in the heart of South Korea.” The pres­i­dent went on to ap­plaud “that very brave per­son who hap­pened to have a gun or a ri­fle in his truck” and shot the killer. “If he didn’t have a gun,” Trump al­leged, “in­stead of hav­ing 26 dead, you would’ve had hun­dreds more dead. So that’s the way I feel about it. Not gonna help.” Pressed once more on if he would con­sider gun con­trol mea­sures broadly, he piv­oted to the con­tin­ued gun deaths in tough-on-guns Chicago as an ex­am­ple that leg­is­lat­ing the prob­lem would not fix it. “Chicago is a dis­as­ter,” he said, “a to­tal dis­as­ter.” It’s the sec­ond time since ar­riv­ing in Asia that the pres­i­dent has been pressed on gun mea­sures. Asked about it in Tokyo on Mon­day, Trump deemed the shoot­ing at a Texas church not “a guns sit­u­a­tion” but in­stead “a men­tal health prob­lem at the high­est level.” Twenty-six peo­ple were killed Sun­day when Devin Kel­ley opened fire at First Bap­tist Church in Suther­land Springs, Texas. A Glock and a Ruger hand­gun were dis­cov­ered in­side a Ford Ex­pe­di­tion where Kel­ley’s body was found af­ter a chase fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, au­thor­i­ties said, and a Ruger AR-556 ri­fle was re­cov­ered at the church. The shooter shouldn’t have been able to pur­chase a gun legally, but an Air Force of­fi­cer failed to en­ter Kel­ley’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence court-mar­tial into a na­tional data­base, the Air Force said Mon­day. Air Force brass or­dered a full re­view of how the court-mar­tial was han­dled in 2012, the Air Force said.

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