“If you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Donald Trump has controversially claimed that the Pulse massacre of 2016 could have been prevented if the victims were carrying firearms.
During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on gun control, Trump said that people with mental illnesses should not be permitted to purchase guns, and said that the age limit for buying assault rifles should be raised from 18 to 21. He also stated that teachers should armed in schools.
The President used Pulse nightclub as an example to support his ideas.
“As an example, you take Pulse nightclub. If you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn’t have happened, or certainly not to the extent it did, where he was just in there shooting and shooting and shooting, and they were just defenseless.”
Trump has seemingly forgotten that an armed police officer who exchanged gunfire with the shooter, Omar Mateen, was present at the time.
He also made similar comments about the Pulse massacre back in 2016.
In an interview with CNN, he stated: “If some of those great people that were in the club that night had guns strapped to their waist or strapped to their ankle, and if the bullets were going in the other direction aimed at this guy who was just open target practice, you would’ve had a situation folks, which would have been always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we all as a people suffered this weekend.”
The President has always been a huge supporter of the NRA (National Rifle Association), and even tweeted his support earlier today: “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!”
It is estimated that the NRA donated $21 million to his presidential campaign.
In April 2017, he told the organisation: “You have a true friend and champion in the White House.”