In an appearance on Fox News Monday evening, GOP nominee Donald Trump spoke about the issue of gun control and promised that as President he will not place limits on the type of guns or ammunition that can be legally sold to or by Americans.
“On the guns, I wouldn’t because again, it’s a question of protection,” Trump said on The O’Reilly Factor, justifying his stance by asking “Once you start, where do you end? Where do you end?”
Trump also declared that he has no intention of seeing limits placed on the number of rounds of ammunition that can be legally sold and placed in certain kinds of firearms.
“Well, the big guns, first of all, are the same guns the enemy has, and that people that can break into your home or do what this maniac did over the weekend,” Trump said, referring to the Orlando shooting.
“And the big guns are the same guns,” Trump urged, “I mean, you’re going to have to have that.”
Trump added that Americans “mostly use them for recreation,” noting that both he and his sons are members of the NRA.
When it comes to preventing potential extremists from acquiring guns, however, Trump confirmed again that he holds a different view.
“Absolutely. Who would not agree with that? The watch list to me is very important.” Trump said, referring to the proposal to use the government’s terrorism watch list for background checks during gun sales.
Trump’s comments came in the wake of the Senate rejecting four gun control proposals Monday, two of which were aimed at preventing those on the watch list from buying firearms.
One of those measures, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, failed to reach the 60 votes required, with 47-53 opposing the measure.
Senate Republicans were responsible for blocking all the measures, with only two GOP Senators voting for Feinstein’s proposal.
Two of the measures were introduced by Republicans, and focused on preventing accused extremists from buying weapons, without impeding Constitutional rights, and expanding background checks. The measures were not strongly opposed by pro gun lobbyists, but were still blocked in the Senate.
A separate amendment, sponsored by Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy (D), which would have expanded background checks to include private firearm sales, also failed to reach 60 votes.
Murphy failed spectacularly to sell the proposal in an ABC News interview Sunday, with host Jonathan Karl succinctly explaining how it would not have prevented any recent mass shooting.
Reacting to the clean sweep of failed gun control measures, Hillary Clinton released a one word statement that read “Enough.”
During his interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump also stated that he doesn’t actually believe that the president sympathizes with terrorists, despite his recent citation of media reports suggesting Obama tacitly supported rebels in Syria directly connected with al Qaeda and ISIS.
“It bothers me when he’s afraid or doesn’t want to mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’” Trump explained, adding “How do you solve a problem if you’re unwilling to discuss it or unwilling to name it?”
Following mass criticism of a decision to release redacted versions of the Orlando shooter’s 911 call transcripts, with all references to Islam and extremists Muslim groups scrubbed, Feds reversed the move Monday, and released the full transcripts after all.
“Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organizations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime,” the Justice Department and FBI said in a joint statement.
“As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.” the statement read.
Reacting to the decision, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged that “The attempt to selectively edit the record reflects a broader, more serious problem: this administration’s continued effort to downplay and distract from the threat of radical Islamist extremism.”
“This is unacceptable. To defeat terrorism we have to be clear-eyed about whom we’re fighting.” Ryan added.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com