Trump calls Vegas shooter ‘very, very, sick’ and ‘demented’ – but hints there COULD be gun control moves as he says it will be discussed ‘later’

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump promised reporters ‘we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,’ as he left the White House Tuesday for Puerto Rico
Trump is visiting the hurricane-ravaged island today and then heading to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with survivors of Sunday’s mass shooting
The president called the man responsible, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, ‘a very sick individual’ and a ‘demented man’
When asked about a specific bill that would allow people to more easily purchase silencers, Trump said, ‘We’ll talk about that later’
On Morning Joe Tuesday, gun control advocate Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said the White House stalling tactic is right out of the gun lobby’s playbook
Murphy argued for passage of ‘evergreen’ measures like universal background checks, along with policies that would have made Las Vegas less deadly

By Nikki Schwab, U.S. Political Reporter
3 October 2017

En route to Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, President Trump lashed out at Las Vegas gunman, identified by authorities as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.

‘He’s a sick man, a demented man, a lot of problems I guess and we’re looking into him very, very seriously, but we’re dealing with a very sick individual,’ the president said.

Trump also promised reporters ‘we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,’ in the aftermath of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

However, when asked about a particular piece of legislation, which would make it easier for gun owners to purchase silencers, he wasn’t ready to delve into specifics.

‘Well talk about that later,’ Trump told the journalists gathered on the South Lawn of the White House.
The president and first lady will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.

President Trump was following up on his own statements, made yesterday from the Diplomatic Reception Room, in which he called Paddock’s shooting spree an ‘act of pure evil.’

He was also deploying a similar tactic as his press secretary, who asked for a pause on gun control conversations as the nation mourned the Las Vegas victims, who now number 59.

‘There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country,’ urged Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from the White House podium on Monday. ‘There is currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation, a motive has yet to be determined and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don’t fully know all the facts or what took place.’

While the National Rifle Association’s social media accounts have gone silent, calls for better gun control measures are coming from across the aisle.

From within Congress, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has been the most vocal, as he was the congressman representing Newtown, Connecticut, during the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 children were mowed down, along with six adults.

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