When asked if more gun control is needed following Wednesday’s tragic on-air WDBJ shooting in Virginia, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the U.S. has a mental health problem, not a gun problem.
“Do you think it is time to do something else about guns?” Cuomo asked. “Would you do something different with gun policy?”
“I don’t think I would, because this is really a sick person,” Trump said of the WDBJ shooter. “This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental problem.”
Trump cited the recent thwarted terror attack on a Paris-bound train where U.S. servicemen helped take down the gunman and argued they could’ve more easily defended themselves if they were armed.
“Frankly, you know, a case like this, he snuck up on them — whether it was with a gun or a knife or whatever it would’ve been, it would’ve been something,” Trump said of the WDBJ shooting. “You’re not going to get rid of all guns.”
He continued, “I know one thing: if you tried to do it, the bad guys would have them…and the good folks would abide by the law — they’d be hopeless, and it would just be a hopeless situation for them.”
Trump made it clear that he is very much a “Second Amendment person.”
Watch the interview via CNN below: