Trump Claims Texas Shooting Is Not A Gun Issue In Public Address

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, has claimed Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas is not a gun problem.

In response to the devastating event, President Trump stated the incident was the result of a mental health problem, and not that of gun laws.

26-year-old, Devin Patrick Kelley, opened fire during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning, November 5th, killing at least 26 people and injuring at least 20 others.

President Trump stated: “I think mental health is your problem here, based on preliminary reports this was a very deranged individual with a lot of problems over a long period of time.”

“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries, but this isn’t a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it, it’s a little bit soon to go into it, but fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it wouldn’t have been as bad as it was, it would have been much worse.”

“This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a sad event.”

The gunman was found deceased soon after the shooting took place in a crashed vehicle near neighbouring, Guadalupe County, amid a cache of weapons.

The tragedy is the largest mass shooting in the state of Texas, and police have said the youngest victim was just five-years-old.

President Trump’s comments come from Tokyo, but his response has garnered some heavy criticism online with users citing recent acts since his inauguration.

Feature Image: Gage Skidmore