Trump says the Texas shooting “changes nothing” in the gun debate


The American president, Donald Trump, said on Sunday that the last shooting in Texas in which seven people have died “does not change anything” in the debate on gun legislation and recalled that a background check would not have prevented this neither incident nor those registered in recent years.

“We continue with the same thing. Nothing has changed,” Trump said in press statements from the White House after returning from his weekend at Camp David. “A lot of people are talking about it and it is a lack of respect for what happened yesterday in Texas,” he said when asked about a possible reform of the rules on the possession of weapons.

Trump says the Texas shooting “changes nothing” in the gun debate
Trump says the Texas shooting “changes nothing” in the gun debate

The president has explained that he is in contact with congressmen for a new legislative initiative and in these conversations the possibility of hardening the investigation of the background of those requesting a license has arisen and in that sense he has stressed that this “would not have prevented any” of the incidents of recent years.

In addition, he reiterated that in his opinion firearm violence is a matter of mental health. “We are studying many aspects. We are studying many different text proposals. Ideas, concepts. We have been there for a while,” he said.

“The background checks largely, and sadly, would not have stopped any of the incidents of the last four or five years. It's a big problem. It's a mental problem. It's a big problem,” he argued.

Authorities have reported that the person responsible for the shooting on Saturday in Texas died after being killed after leaving seven dead and more than 20 injured. The individual fired from his vehicle while driving through the city of Odessa.

Trump has claimed that the person responsible for the shooting was “a very sick person” and has highlighted the work of the Texan governor, Greg Abbott, and the security forces for his response to this incident. “It's tragic, but they did a great job in those circumstances. Another very sick person. I want to thank everyone involved. It is always said that it was bad, but it could have been worse. It is clear that it was bad. A very, very very sad, “he added.

After the recent shootings of El Paso and Dayton in which more than 30 people died, Trump expressed his support for introducing greater background control, but then resumed the speech and the argument of the National Rifle Association.

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