Just moments after news reporter Alison Parker and and cameraman Adam Ward were murdered on live television on August 26, gun control advocates started to politicize this tragedy before the bodies were even cold.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo spoke on the phone with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and asked him if, in light of the recent shooting, it’s “time to do something else about guns,” which of course means more laws restricting the Second Amendment or an all out ban.
CUOMO: “Do you think it is time to do something else about guns?” Cuomo asked. “Would you do something different with gun policy?”
TRUMP: “I don’t think I would, because this is really a sick person,” Trump said of the WDBJ shooter. “This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental problem.”
Trump cited the recent thwarted terror attack on a Paris-bound train where U.S. servicemen helped take down the gunman and argued they could’ve more easily defended themselves if they were armed.
“Frankly, you know, a case like this, he snuck up on them — whether it was with a gun or a knife or whatever it would’ve been, it would’ve been something,” Trump said of the WDBJ shooting. “You’re not going to get rid of all guns.”
He continued, “I know one thing: if you tried to do it, the bad guys would have them…and the good folks would abide by the law — they’d be hopeless, and it would just be a hopeless situation for them.”