Trump blames men­tal ill­ness for Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA, USA (AP) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is blam­ing men­tal ill­ness for the Cal­i­for­nia bar shoot­ing that left 13 peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing the shooter.

Trump, speak­ing to re­porters at the White House yes­ter­day, de­scribed gun­man Ian David Long as “a very sick puppy” who had “a lot of prob­lems”.

Long, who opened fire at the coun­try mu­sic bar in Thou­sand Oaks on Wed­nes­day, was seen by a men­tal health spe­cial­ist in April who wor­ried the 28-yearold ma­rine vet­eran might have post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD). In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not com­mented on a mo­tive for the shoot­ing, or whether men­tal ill­ness played a role.

Trump touted his ef­forts to fund PTSD among vet­er­ans. But he de­clined to en­gage on ques­tions on whether the na­tion needed stricter gun con­trol laws.

Trump has closely aligned him­self with the pow­er­ful gun lob­by­ing group, the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion, and has re­sisted calls for tougher firearms mea­sures.

(Photo: AP)

Peo­ple place flow­ers near the scene of a mass shoot­ing Thurs­day in Thou­sand Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia, af­ter a gun­man opened fire Wed­nes­day evening in­side a coun­try mu­sic bar, killing mul­ti­ple peo­ple in­clud­ing a re­spond­ing sher­iff’s sergeant.

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