President Donald Trump said during a joint presser with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that it was “a little bit too soon” to talk about policy in the wake of the shooting at a Texas church that killed 26 people.
When asked by a reporter what policies he would support to reduce the frequency of attacks like the Texas shooting, Trump replied that “mental health is the problem here.”
“This isn’t a guns situation,” the president continued. “I mean we could go into it but it’s a little bit soon to go into it.” He then said that “fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction,” referencing police reports that the shooter was thwarted by an armed civilian.
Trump’s remark that it is “too soon” to talk about gun policy in the wake of the shooting echoes his comments after last months Las Vegas shooting, in which a gunman rained bullets on thousands of concert-goers with an arsenal of assault weapons, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more.
Though, while the White House tends to refrain from talking gun control in the wake of shootings — claiming it a too-soon politicization of tragedy — critics will note that Trump was very quick to enact policy changes immediately after the New York terror attack, even tweeting that the U.S. “will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures.”
Watch Trump’s remarks above at minute 23:30, via the White House.
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