The day after another mass shooting, the conversation inevitably returned to gun control – a deeply dividing issue for Americans. Liberals want to blame the guns, while Republicans want to blame the shooter. There appears to be no easy answer to this ongoing debate. President Trump seems willing to discuss the issue at some point; today he said we will “be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
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President Trump, as he left the White House to make a trip to Puerto Rico, commented on the nation’s deadliest shooting in modern history. “Look, we have a tragedy … and what happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle. The police department has done such an incredible job,” Trump said.
Trump was more reserved when asked about a bill that is going through the House soon that would make it easier for people to buy silencers. “We will talk about that later,” he said.
When asked about Stephen Paddock, the shooter that is responsible for killing 59 people and injuring more than 500, Trump called the 64-year-old a “sick man, a demented man.” He added, “Lot of problems, I guess.”
This marked the first time that Trump addressed issue of guns since the Vegas shooting. In an earlier press conference on Monday, Trump prayed for the families of the victims and called the situation “pure evil.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders spoke Monday as well before becoming emotional. She would not discuss gun control at the press event citing, “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country.”
Sanders added, “There’s currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation, a motive is yet to be determined and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don’t fully know all the facts or what took place last night.”
According to the New York Daily News, experts on Trump’s administration have already declared that Trump pushing a stance against guns would be next to impossible. His base would never allow it.