The ironic thing is, the terrorists use of guns caused the most carnage in Paris last weekend, but according to Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, more guns on the scene would have been the answer. It’s the usual Republican answer – More guns is the answer to everything.
Speaking to CNN on Saturday, Trump said;
“When you look at Paris — you know the toughest gun laws in the world, Paris — nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody had guns. Nobody. They were just shooting them one by one and then they (security forces) broke in and had a big shootout and ultimately killed the terrorists.
“You can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would’ve been a much, much different situation.”
Then on Monday at a rally in Knoxville, Tennessee, Trump doubled down on the favorite NRA talking point;
“You have the horrible attack. And by the way, Paris is one of the places in the world that’s toughest on guns… If 20 of those people — you don’t need more, but could’ve been more, could’ve been all of them. But if 20 of those people that were shot, viciously — and if you heard the stories, ‘Come on over, boom, come on over, boom, come here, boom,” one after another after another, hundreds of people, plenty are dying and will be dead. Now, if you had 25 people in there that had guns, okay? It would have been a totally different story, folks. There would have been the shootout at the O.K. Corral.”