Donald Trump may be a lot of different things to different people, but he’s nothing if not outspoken. So in his response to Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon, we would expect nothing less from the GOP presidential frontrunner. And, in this regard, he didn’t disappoint.
As CNN reports:
Donald Trump said Saturday that had teachers been armed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the deadly shooting there this week would not have been as tragic.
Trump has previously cited mental health issues, not guns, as the biggest cause of shootings in the U.S. But his comments on Saturday are his most extensive and emotionally charged about firearms since he launched his campaign in June, as he spoke about his personal gun ownership and elicited his biggest applause of the afternoon in discussing gun rights.
“By the way, it was a gun-free zone,” he said at a campaign event in Franklin, Tennessee. “Let me tell you, if you had a couple teachers with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off.”
Trump went on to say he has a license to carry a gun in New York, and if someone attacks him, he will respond.
“In fact, I have a license to carry in New York, can you believe that? Nobody knows that,” he said.
“Can you imagine? Somebody says, ‘There’s Trump, he’s easy pickings.’ What’d you’d say?” Trump said, mimicking holding a gun with his hand.
Nine people were killed and nine others were injured in Thursday’s shooting. Law enforcement officials on Saturday said Chris Harper-Mercer, the shooter behind the deadly rampage, killed himself after exchanging gunfire with authorities.
Trump’s suggestion for an armed presence on school grounds isn’t new. In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for armed security at schools across America.
No doubt Trump’s response will ruffle some liberal feathers — good! God knows we need more strong and varied voices to counter the one-note liberal chorus myopically chanting for more restrictions to Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Whether or not Trump’s your pick for 2016, that’s something we can ALL get behind.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]