Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a message for France. In a campaign stop in Texas today, the real estate mogul declared that if France had more lenient gun laws, the Paris attacks that took hundreds of lives wouldn’t have happened.
New York Daily News reports that Trump spoke out on the Paris attack during an appearance in Beaumont, Texas, where he declared strict gun laws are the reason such devastating tragedies continue to happen.
“When you look at Paris, toughest gun laws in the world, nobody had guns but the bad guys. And I will tell you what—you can say what you want, if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation.”
President Obama said "ISIL continues to shrink" in an interview just hours before the horrible attack in Paris. He is just so bad! CHANGE.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2015
Shortly before his stop in Beaumont, Trump took to Twitter and blasted President Obama, stating that the Commander in Chief said that ISIL threats are decreasing. Yet, just a few hours later, the Paris attacks commenced.
Trump also touched on Chicago, a city with one of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet also a city with continuous problems with shootings and violence. Business Insider reports that Trump spoke out on how he thinks his own country needs to smarten up, indicating that an attack could happen again.
“You look at certain cities that have the highest violence, the highest problem with guns and shootings and killings. Chicago as an example, toughest gun laws in the United States. Nothing but problems. So our country better get smart, because we’re not smart right now.”
Not everyone agrees with Trump’s assessment on the Paris attacks, including singer Frank Ocean, who took to Tumblr to express his disdain over Trump’s comments.
Trump didn’t indicate exactly how more lenient gun laws in Paris would have prevented the mass shootings, but the tragedy, allegedly carried out by ISIS terrorists, claimed the lives of 129 innocent people. One American was killed in the shootings, a 23-year-old college student named Nohemi Gonzalez, who was spending the semester studying abroad.
Terrorists struck six locations in Paris with assault rifles, which also left an additional 99 people seriously injured. France President Francois Hollande called the attacks an “act of war” and vowed to get revenge for the tragedy.
“We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless.”
Trump also touched on the subject of illegal immigration during his stop in Beaumont. He told the crowd that building a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the nation was a high priority on his agenda. The crowd erupted in claps and cheers when Trump declared that once the big wall is built, it would be named “Trump Wall.”
“We’re going to be building a wall and it’s going to be a big wall. It’s going to look beautiful because some day they’re going to name it Trump Wall.”
In other Trump news, the former Celebrity Apprentice star continues his attacks on fellow Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. Trump took aim at the retired neurosurgeon on Thursday evening while giving a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Although Trump blasted Carson on numerous subjects, ranging from religious views to Iowa supporting his opponent, his harshest criticism occurred when he took aim at Carson’s childhood anger issues by comparing him to a child molester.
“If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you. Pathological? There’s no cure.”
Carson responded to Donald Trump’s allegations by stating he would pray for him.
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