In a town hall meeting in New Hampshire this morning GOP frontrunner Donald Trump accused his rivals of being “weak on the Second Amendment,” and said that there are already enough gun restrictions.
“We have tremendous regulations already, a lot of people don’t even realize,” the Republican presidential candidate told the crowd at the event hosted by NBC’s Today show.
When asked how he would solve the problem of gun violence in America, Trump said “You’ve got to enforce what [restrictions] we’ve got right now, and there’re plenty right now.”
“People aren’t abiding by them, government does a terrible job of enforcing them, but we already have tremendous regulations.” Trump added.
Turning to his opponents, Trump declared “Carson is weak on the Second Amendment. Bush is weak on the Second Amendment.”
Trump repeated a previous assertion that mass shootings in the US are the result of untreated mental illness, rather than lax gun control laws.
“This is a mental health problem,” he said during Monday’s event, adding “We have a huge mental health problem.”
“If you look at some states, including New York and others, they’ve left, in order to save money for finance reasons, left people out of mental institutions,” Trump said.
“It is people that are unstable. We have to straighten out our mental health. And we do have in this country big mental health problems. And that’s the problem.” Trump added.
“These people are crazy,” Trump added, referring to mentally unstable criminals. “They will find a way to get guns or something else.”
It’s a belief that the majority of Americans agree with Trump on. A new poll out of The Washington Post/ABC News, finds that 63 percent of adults say mass shootings are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental illness.
Only 23 percent of respondents said they think that the shootings are directly related to gun control laws.
A majority of Americans also said that they believe protecting existing gun rights should be a higher priority than introducing new gun laws.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.