Less than a week after a shooter killed 12 people in Virginia Beach, President Donald Trump said in an interview that assault weapons need to be made available to Americans for the purpose of “entertainment.”
As part of an interview that aired on “Good Morning Britain,” Trump tried to compare the 40,000 gun deaths each year in the United States to stabbing deaths in the UK that number in the hundreds:
“It’s crazy what’s going on with, and not only in our country, and not only in our country…”
Morgan, however, pushed back, noting:
“But America has this particular issue with gun violence. 150 mass shootings in America this year alone. In Britain, we have 35 gun deaths a year. In America today there will be 85, tomorrow 85.”
“But Piers, in London you have stabbings all over, I read an article where everyone is being a stabbed.”
“They said your hospital is a sea of blood all over the floors. It’s a sea of blood and they don’t have the guns.”
The number of stabbing deaths in Great Britain each year? Fewer than 300. That’s a long way from the 40,000 gun deaths in the United States.
Later in the interview, Trump again defended his country’s almost unlimited access to guns:
“What are you going to do, you’re going to take the guns away from hunters? You have hunters, and they want guns.
“Well, a lot of them used them for entertainment, they do. I mean it’s really…”
Morgan interjected to ask:
“Are guns entertainment?”
The president’s response proves that he doesn’t have a clue on the issue of guns, and is a willing puppet of the gun lobby and the National Rifle Association (NRA), which is in deep financial trouble:
“For some people, it’s entertainment, they go out and they shoot and they go to ranges and they have a tremendous amount of fun.”
Once more, Morgan tried to counter with facts:
“Sport shooting and specific hunting with licenses, I get that, what I don’t get is the need, this guy in Vegas had 13 AR-15 assault rifles. He bought 52 guns in one year.”
“And he was a sick guy, and if it wasn’t guns, he would have done bombs or he would have done something else. He was actually a pretty smart guy, he was supposedly a good successful gambler, there’s almost no such thing as a successful gambler. And he went out and what he did was incredible.”
What he did was incredible? It was horrific. Why didn’t Trump say that? Why does this man continue to humiliate this country on the world stage? We truly are the laughingstock of the global community.
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