Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the high number of mass shootings in the U.S. are a result of mental illness and not relaxed gun control legislation.
WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 4, 2015)(NBC) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday (October 4) the Oregon mass shooting at a community college, highlights the need to address mental illness issues.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump was asked what his thoughts were about fellow Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s “stuff happens” response to the Oregon shooting. Bush has defended his comment, which several criticized as flippant.
“I watched his statement and I understand exactly what he is saying but you know, no matter what you do, you have people that are mentally ill and they’re going to come through the cracks and they are going to do things that people will not even believe are possible,” Trump said.
The business mogul turned political frontrunner also weighed in on Syria.
“I would sit back and let’s see what is going on…We are fighting Assad and we are fighting for people that we don’t even know who they are. They may be worse than Assad. They may be worse, OK? They may be worse and if Assad, if Assad never happened. If you didn’t have a problem in Syria, you wouldn’t have the migration, you wouldn’t be talking about all of these countries with what is going on in Europe and now they are talking about taking 200,000 people that we don’t even know who they are and bringing them to the United States,” Trump said.
“The whole thing is ridiculous so I’m not justifying Putin, but he’ll get bogged down there. He’ll spend a fortune. He will be begging to get out.”
Trump, who is leading among Republicans in both New Hampshire and Iowa, also discussed how he would handle a downturn in his popularity.
“If I were doing poorly, if I saw myself going down, if you would stop calling me because you no longer have any interest in Trump because he has no chance, I’d go back to my business. I have no problem with that,” Trump said.
An October 2 Reuters/Ipsos shows Trump with 32% of Republican support, up from 30% last week.