Trump: Texas Massacre ‘Isn’t a Guns Situation’

President rejects calls for more gun control after the Texas church shooting that claimed 26 lives. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) says, “The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic.”

President Trump rejected calls for tighter gun control after a mass shooting in Texas that claimed at least 26 lives, describing the massacre as the product of a “deranged individual” in need of better access to mental health care, Politico reports. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level,” the president said during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe when asked what policies he would propose in response to the tragedy. “This was a very deranged individual,” Trump said, adding, “We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. This isn’t a guns situation.”

The White House and many Republicans in Congress have long resisted efforts by Democrats to push for gun control measures in response to mass shootings, arguing liberals are politicizing the killings. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News, “This is going to happen again. And so, we need people in terms of professional security or in terms of arming the parishioners or the congregation so that they can respond when something like this happens again.” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), a leading advocate for gun control, said, “The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic,” The Hill reports. He added on Sunday, “As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets.”

from https://thecrimereport.org