Trump Claims Gun Control Would Have Killed ‘Hundreds More’ in Texas Church Shooting

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In the days following the mass shooting at a Texas church that left 26 dead, including several children, President Donald Trump has continued to spew his message that now is not the time for gun control. In his early statements about the shooting, he refused to call it a “guns situation,” instead laying the blame on a “deranged individual” with a mental health problem. Now, it seems he is not backing down from this position. During a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, the president doubled down on his statements, claiming that if there was stricter gun control, hundreds more would have died that day.

First, Trump tried to deflect and blame the reporter for asking a question like this when they’re “in the heart of South Korea,” but eventually he acquiesced and said, “I will certainly answer your question.”

“I can only say this: If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.”

It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in this nation’s history, among more than 300 mass shootings in 2017 alone, and part of a growing disease in American culture.

In a powerful Twitter thread, a vice president of the Center for American Progress Igor Volsky, cited statistics that prove that background checks, this vetting Trump despises, actually does save lives. It’s common sense. More guns = more people hurt by them. Fewer guns = fewer children shot to death in churches. What side are you on?