President Donald Trump said stronger background checks for gun purchases and stricter gun controls would have made Sunday’s church shooting massacre at a south Texas church even deadlier. This past weekend, Devin Kelley, 26, fatally shot 26 people and wounded 20 more during a service at the rural church outside San Antonio.
During a press conference in South Korea, NBC’s Ali Vitali asked Trump if he would consider “extreme vetting” for anyone wanting to buy a gun. Trump replied that stricter gun controls would have made “no difference” and “is not going to help” in the carnage Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
“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,” Trump said. “If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.”
Trump went on to say that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation. “Chicago is a disaster,” Trump said. “It is a total disaster.”