Donald Trump argued Sunday that tighter gun laws would not help prevent mass shootings, saying that people with mental illness will always “slip through the cracks,” regardless of restrictions on firearms possession.
“No matter what you do, you’re going to have difficulties,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.” “The gun laws have nothing to do with this. This is about mental illness … You’re always going to have difficulties no matter how tight you run it.”
The debate over gun control was reignited this week after a gunman in Roseburg, Ore., killed nine people at a community college, then fatally shot himself. The episode is the latest in a series of mass shootings affecting towns around the United States, and it prompted Democrats to call for stricter regulations.
Trump responded Sunday with an argument in favor of more guns, saying that “fewer people would have died” in Oregon if guns had been permitted on the campus targeted by the shooter.
“I see it was a gun-free zone,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And you were not allowed to have guns at all in that particular area. And you could make the case that it would have been a lot better had people had guns because they had something to fire back.”