‘If he didn’t have a gun you would have had hundreds more dead.’ Trump says hero who fired at Texas church mass-shooter shows gun control DOESN’T work

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Donald Trump was grilled over gun control for the second day running in Seoul
Was asked whether he will be applying ‘extreme vetting’ policy to gun purchases
Replied that it would have made ‘no difference’ to outcome of Texas shooting
Added that it may have taken a gun out of the hands of Stephen Willeford, who chased down and shot killer Devin Patrick Kelley

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
7 November 2017

Donald Trump said Tuesday in South Korea that a Texas mass-shooter would have claimed ‘hundreds’ of additional lives on Sunday if an armed citizen hadn’t intervened.

Trump defended Stephen Willeford, a heroic Texan who chased down Devin Patrick Kelley and shot him as he attempted to flee after killing 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas

The president faced a question about gun control from a reporter who demanded to know if he would consider applying his tough-on-immigration ‘extreme vetting’ policy to gun purchasers.

‘If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago,’ Trump replied.

‘And 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.’

‘And I can only say this,’ Trump added: ‘If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.’

Kelley bought his Ruger AR-15 rifle after passing a background check, despite having been court-martialled for domestic violence in 2012 – the result of which was a ban on ownership of firearms.

The U.S. Air Force said Monday that it was investigating its own failure to enter information about the court martial into a national database.

The president was visibly annoyed on Tuesday at having to face a gun control question for the second straight day as he traveled in Asia.

On Monday he told reporters in Tokyo that Sunday’s deadly mass-shooting in Texas was the product of mental illness.
A day later in Seoul, South Korea, the White House press corps hadn’t had enough, with an NBC reporter asking him if he would implement ‘extreme vetting’ for Americans trying to buy guns.

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