Trump Vows to Uphold Second Amendment After Shootings

Henrietta Brewer
August 16, 2019

Trump offered the suggestion in an exchange with reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, shortly before leaving for a campaign rally in New Hampshire. He narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Chapter leader Brett Sabo said the hour-long rally of people in red shirts is to honor those killed in the El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio mass shootings, as well as the 100 people killed every day by guns.

Thirty-four percent said they blamed "Sentiments expressed by President Trump" for gun massacres "a great deal", while 22 percent said they blamed Trump's rhetoric "some" for mass shootings. "It's not the gun that pulls the trigger - it's the person holding the gun", Trump said to roars and a standing ovation from the Manchester, N.H., crowd.

When he was asked if he pressed his party colleagues on calls for tougher background checks for gun buyers, he told reporters that he was "looking at the whole gun situation".

"We will be taking mentally deranged and risky people off the streets so we won't have to worry so much about that", Trump said. He noted that this was especially true in places like NY where "they let really seriously mentally ill people out on the streets". "These are mentally ill people and people have to start thinking about it", Mr Trump said.

However, others calling for the return of institutions have pointed to the relative inability of people within the community to care for those with severe forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia. They don't want insane people, risky people, really bad people having guns.

"Well, I'm afraid that if we came up with a good bill, I think the Democrats then might up it and then do things that can't be done and that the public wouldn't want done", Trump said. You know, if you look at the '60s and '70s, so many institutions were closed.

In his comments in New Jersey, Trump said many US mental institutions were closed in the 1960s and 70s and their patients released onto the streets.

"That was a bad thing for our country", he said, referring to de-institutionalization of the mentally ill. The people were just allowed to go onto the streets. A lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions.

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