Presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to President Obama’s renewed calls for gun control following the recent Oregon shooting in an interview with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, saying people are always going “come through the cracks.”
“I watched his statement, and I understand exactly what he’s saying,” says Trump. “But, you know, no matter what you do – guns, no guns – it doesn’t matter. You have people that are mentally ill, and they’re going to come through the cracks. And they’re going to do things that people will not even believe are possible. And whether it’s the school shootings which are really very prevalent in this country. They seem to be more prevalent in this country.”
When asked for his own explanation of the violence, Trump said: “They’re just sick people. They’re mentally imbalanced.”
Todd then asked Trump if he thought the U.S. had more mentally ill people compared to other countries, and Trump responded, “I think what we have is, I think, we have copy cats. I think that they watch it and they see it here more than other places. And the world can be a pretty sick place in so many different ways. But we have mentally, very unstable, people and that is going to lead – and you know it’s not politically correct to say. You can have the best security. You have the best everything, but people are able to get in and do this — just terrible damage.”
Watch the interview below:
The full interview will be shown on Meet The Press on Sunday.