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Trump Says 'Hundreds More' Would Have Died If Texas Had Stricter Gun Control Laws

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"If he didn't have a [gun], instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead."

At a press conference in South Korea this week, President Trump said that "extreme vetting" for access to guns in Texas would not have stopped this past weekend's mass shooting, which left 26 dead.

"If you did what you're suggesting [tightened access to guns], there would have been no difference three days ago, and 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 told a reporter, according to Politico. "And I can only say this: If he didn't have a [gun], instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. So that's the way I feel about it. Not going to help."

The terrorist responsible for the shooting, Daniel Patrick Kelley, was in possession of two handguns and a military grade rifle, and, should not have legally been able to purchase said weapons because of a domestic violence conviction while serving in the Air Force. However, since Kelley criminal record was not entered into the correct database, he was able to buy.

Trump continued: "Well, you're bringing up a situation that probably shouldn't be discussed too much right now. We could let a little time go by, but it's OK. If you feel that that's an appropriate question, even though we're in the heart of South Korea, I will certainly answer your question."

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