Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump joined other conservatives on Friday in downplaying the effects of tighter gun safety laws in preventing future mass shootings.
“No matter what you do — guns, no guns, it doesn’t matter,” Trump said in a clip from an interview with Meet The Press host Chuck Todd. “You have people that are mentally ill. And they’re gonna come through the cracks, and they’re going to do things that people will not even believe are possible.”
However, Trump did say he understood where President Barack Obama was coming from on Thursday when he called for the issue to be taken more seriously by lawmakers following the latest shooting attack, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Washington. Nine people and the purported gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, died at the scene on Thursday.
Todd then asked Trump what he felt school shootings were so prevalent in the US.
“They’re just sick people, mentally imbalanced” the former reality show star said. “And they probably see it happening.”
“You think we have more mentally ill people than other countries?” Todd asked.
“I think what we have is, we have copycats,” Trump replied. “They watch it, and they see it, maybe here more than other places. The world can be a pretty sick place in so many different ways. But we have mentally very unstable people.”
Watch the exchange, as posted by NBC on Friday, below.
‘The president is lying’: Trump gets immediately debunked by CNN after claiming he stopped ‘send her back’ chant
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he stopped the North Carolina rally crowd from chanting "send her back" during a rant about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But CNN immediately called him out for the false claim.
"I didn’t like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly," Trump told the press. "Excuse me. Really? If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that. Maybe you’re giving me too much credit. You’re used to giving me too much credit. Thank you, everybody. I will try. I will certainly try, yes."
Meghan McCain feels victimized by Trump’s attacks on Omar: ‘You’re taking away my agency to criticize her’
Meghan McCain found a way to make herself the victim of President Donald Trump's racist screed against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
The president has been telling the Minnesota Democrat to return to her home country Somalia, which she fled as a refugee at 10, and accused her of supporting al-Qaeda as his supporters chanted "send her back" at a North Carolina rally.
"It was really dystopian," McCain said. "I was trying to go out to dinner and ignore politics. My family is in town, and came home and saw it on Twitter and then saw it on TV, and look."
After news of Trump's racist rant spoiled her evening out with relatives, McCain said she realized that his remarks had robbed her of something else.
Shocking video: White man attacks black woman after traffic accident — then pulls a gun on her and bystanders
A Lockport, New York man has been charged with throwing an African-American Muslim woman to the ground before drawing his gun and pointing it at her and others.
According to WBFO, Jeffrey Calhoun is being charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, menacing in the second degree and harassment in the second degree after the incident occurred during a small traffic incident. The entire encounter was captured on a cell phone video showing Calhoun fly into a rage.