Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he carries a gun “sometimes” in an effort to protect himself if need be.
In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Donald Trump said he carries a gun “sometimes.”
“I will tell you, I feel much better being armed.”
According to Yahoo! Politics, Trump previously revealed at a rally in Tennessee on October 3 that he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in New York.
“I have a license to carry in New York — can you believe that? Nobody knows that,” Trump disclosed to the crowd. “Somebody attacks me, they’re gonna be shocked.”
Donald Trump has been expressing his opinion that had a teacher been armed and properly trained in the deadly shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, the shooter may not have killed or injured so many people.
The Donald also expressed his opinion that no matter what people do to combat the violence, there will still be violence.
This line of logic has apparently made Donald Trump want to carry a concealed weapon sometimes to protect himself in case a violent situation would arise. According to Trump, he has carried a concealed weapon legally for years.
Even though Trump has expressed the opinion that violent things are bound to happen in life, he did take offense to Jeb Bush’s use of the words “stuff happens” in regards to the Roseburg, Oregon, shooting.
Donald Trump thought it was a “very bad phrase to use” and couldn’t believe Bush used the term to describe the shooting which left nine people dead. The shooter also shot himself and took his own life in that incident.
The United States has seen two more shootings on college campuses since the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Texas and Arizona lost two students to violence when altercations occurred on campus, but the incidents were not described as “active shooter” situations.
Because of the growing number of “active shooter” incidents, many police departments practice “active shooter drills” to improve response time, actions, and trauma care. School districts are practicing the drills with the students as well. Younger children may know the drills as “stranger danger drills,” according to RUDAW.
According to On The Issues, Donald Trump is against gun control but does support banning assault weapons. He also supports a longer waiting period to buy a gun, but he believes a person should be able to purchase a gun within 72 hours because of the speed and ease of access to records on the internet.
“It’s often argued that the American murder rate is high because guns are more available here than in other countries. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.”
Donald Trump says he carries a gun to protect himself, and he obviously believes being armed and trained to use a gun could promote better outcomes to active shooter situations. It is one hot-button issue that Donald Trump is very clear and straight forward about.
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