Trump Downplays Texas Mass Shooting: ‘Nothing Could Have Stopped It, Could Have Been Worse’
On Saturday, an unnamed male shooter killed seven people and injured 20 others in a drive-by rampage in Odessa and Midland, Texas. President Donald Trump responded on Sunday by downplaying the massacre, suggesting that “background checks wouldn’t have stopped it,” and saying that “it could have been worse.”
“They would not have stopped any of it,” Trump told reporters as he returned to the White House Sunday from Camp David.”It could have been worse, he added.
The president, who will attend a hurricane briefing at FEMA headquarters later Sunday, briefly talked about gun control.
“We’re looking at the same things,” Trump said. “It really hasn’t changed anything.”
“Congress has a lot of thinking to do,” Trump said.
Following double shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, the president said the US already has strong background check and new legislation is not necessary.