Donald Trump, speaking at a rally on Saturday in Beaumont, Texas, suggested that fewer people would have been killed had more civilians been armed.
“When you look at Paris, toughest gun laws in the world, nobody had guns but the bad guys,” he said. “Nobody had guns. And they were just shooting them one by one, and then they broke in and had a big shootout and ultimately killed the terrorists. 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.”
Trump’s comments echoed one he made following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, when he tweeted, “Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?” That tweet gained new attention on Friday when many thought it had been sent out on Friday night, even though it had been sent in January. Gerard Araud, the French Ambassador to the United States, tweeted out a response to Trump’s tweet, calling it “repugnant in its lack of any human decency.”
Trump also criticized President Obama for saying, in an interview on Friday before the attacks, that ISIL “continues to shrink.” “He is just so bad! CHANGE!” Trump said on Twitter.
Watch video of Trump’s comments (via CNN):