"The results could have been much better," if armed guards had been present President Trump told reporters as he headed to a campaign rally, one of two he will hold Saturday.
The gunman, now in police custody, reportedly yelled "All Jews must die" as he opened fire.
"This has little to do" with gun laws, Trump told reporters when asked, saying the synagogue should have had "protection inside."
President Trump says the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has "little" to do with gun laws: "If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better" https://t.co/rldHevHSsX pic.twitter.com/LbKatoDZjn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 27, 2018
Trump also called for strengthening the death penalty, saying, "We should bring the death penalty into vogue."
“It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going on with hate,” he said.
"Something has to be done," Trump added. "The world is a violent world."
Some responses via Twitter:
I'm so old I remember when it was commonly assumed that it was one role of government to aspire to ensure a level of safety such that civil society could flourish in an open manner. https://t.co/cTAxln5VBR— emptywheel (@emptywheel) October 27, 2018
Trump blames the shooting death toll on the synagogue not having armed guards. He has also made this should've-been-defensive-guns-there argument about the Paris attack and the Pulse Orlando attack. https://t.co/4xEf4RdQsN— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 27, 2018
Donald Trump just said the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has little to do with gun laws and if they’d had “protection,” they may have survived.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 27, 2018
What kind of human blames victims for their own deaths because they were unarmed during a bris? One who took $30 million from the @NRA. https://t.co/zatVYPWCcf
Obama cried on national TV when talking about a mass shooting. Trump blames the victims for not having armed guards at a synagogue. That's all you need to know about the integrity of these two men. #ImpeachTrump #TreeofLife— JC Foster (@badbirdkc) October 27, 2018
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