President Trump spoke to reporters about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting while he was boarding Air Force One. He called the shooting a “terrible thing” and that it was “a shame to watch.”
But instead of calling for gun control, the President took a different approach, saying we should invoke the death penalty in cases like these.
“It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country, and frankly all over the world and something has to be done. It’s just a shame to watch this and to see it for so many years, so much of it, it’s a shame.
“The world has violence, the world is a violent world and you think when you’re over it, it just sort of goes away, but then it comes back in the form of a madman, a whacko. I think one thing we should do is stiffen up our laws in term of the death penalty. When people do this they should get the death penalty, and they shouldn’t have to wait years and years. Now the lawyers will get involved and everybody’s gonna get involved and it will be 10 years down the line.”
When he was asked about how he might help solve these mass shootings, Trump came back with an answer that we haven’t heard in a very long time (thanks to our last president).
“This is a case where, if they had an armed guard inside, they might have been able to stop him immediately…They had a maniac walk in and they didn’t have any protection and that is just so sad to see. The results could have been much better.”
The President did acknowledge that it was “a shame” that it’s coming to that point but reiterated that an armed guard in churches and temples would be a viable option for preventing these tragedies.
You can watch the full interview below.
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