Trump Says Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Had ‘Little To Do’ With Gun Laws
Today’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting had “little to do” with gun laws and the shooter could have been stopped if the synagogue had had armed protection, said Donald Trump, according to a CNN news report.
Trump suggested that places of worship might want to consider adding armed protection.
“This has little to do with (gun laws) if you take a look,” Trump said when he was asked about gun control laws. “If they’d had protection inside, the result would have been a lot better.”
“They had a maniac walk in and they didn’t have any protection and that is just so sad to see,” he said.
Trump also said that people like the shooter should receive the death penalty and suggested it be used more often.
“I think they should very much bring the death penalty into vogue,” he said.
This morning, a gunman opened fire at The Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., killing eight people and injuring several others, including four police officers.
The gunman has been taken into custody. Multiple news outlets are reporting that his name is Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old Pittsburgh-area resident.
It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going with hate in our country,” Trump told reporters. “And something has to be done.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “heartbroken and appalled” by the attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, according to Yahoo news.
“The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the dead,” Netanyahu said. “We stand together with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, we stand together with the American people in the face of this horrendous anti-Semitic brutality and we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.”