The mainstream media tried to blindside Trump today after a speech, but the President had the perfect response for them.
A lone gunman man killed 26 people at a small church in Texas where his in-laws had occasionally attended before taking his own life, according to official reports.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, entered the First Baptist Church in the rural community of Sutherland Springs with a high powered assault rifle and full black combat gear before open firing on the congregation. Along with those killed, Kelley wounded at least 20 more.
When he left the church, two local heroes chased him down in their vehicles and fired on him with guns of their own. When he realized he couldn’t escape, he crashed his car and took his own life.
“At this time we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said.
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that there was evidence that Kelley had applied for a gun permit, but was denied based on his troubled past. Kelley had reportedly been kicked out of the military and had abused his wife and child.
“It’s clear this is a person who had violent tendencies, who had some challenges, and someone who was a powder keg, seeming waiting to go off,” Abbott said.
The Democrats, of course, used this tragedy as a way to push their gun-grabbing agenda.
“How many more people must die at churches or concerts or schools before we stop letting the @NRA control this country’s gun policies,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Twitter.
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Republicans everywhere — including President Trump — have been standing up for the individual’s God-given right to protect themselves.
When a reporter asked whether he would consider what Democrats are calling “extreme vetting” for gun owners in the face of the tragedy in Texas, Trump blasted their agenda with the following:
“If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago,” Trump said. “You might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck, go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him.”
“I can only say this. If [the neighbor] didn’t have a gun, instead of 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. So that’s the way I feel about it, not going to help,” he quickly added.
#Trump at press conference with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, South Korea on #TexasChurchMassacre and #GunControl: “Well, you know, you’re bringing up a situation that probably shouldn’t be discussed too much right now. We could let a little time go by.” pic.twitter.com/GG3OqsMb5Z
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) November 7, 2017
This echoes his statements earlier that we’re not actually going through a “gun problem” as much as a “mental health problem.”
“I think that mental health is your problem here,” Trump said at an earlier date. “This was a very, based on preliminary reports, a very deranged individual. A lot of problems over a long period of time.”
“This isn’t a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it,” Trump continued.