Donald Trump thinks the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub wouldn’t have been so deadly if more people brought guns to a dance party.
“If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had,” the presumptive GOP nominee told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” Monday. “If people in that room had guns with the bullets flying in the opposite direction right at him, right at his head, you wouldn’t have had the same tragedy that you ended up having.”
Camerota pointed out that there was an armed security guard inside, but Trump insisted patrons of the club should have been armed, as well.
“But if you had guns in that room, if you had — even if you had a number of people having them strapped to their ankle or strapped to their waist, where bullets could have flown in the other direction right at him, you wouldn’t have had the same kind of a tragedy,” Trump said.
Omar Saddiqui Mateen, who has been identified as the killer in the worst mass shooting in United States history, called 911 during the attack and pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS. He was heavily armed and was able to legally purchase weapons, despite a checkered background that included getting interviewed by the FBI.
“Well, in this case, he was actually licensed, and — which is a sort of an amazing thing — he went out, he got licensed, he was fully licensed. So, he had the right to have a gun,” Trump said. “So, for all of those people that want to have people got out and get licensed, here’s an example of somebody that went out — you know, went out and got licensed, and he was able to get a gun. Gun owners… even more than ever, need to be able to protect themselves.”
— Alisyn Camerota (@AlisynCamerota) June 13, 2016