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Donald Trump addressed Friday’s Paris terrorist attacks that left at least 127 people dead and another 352 injured during a rally in Beaumont, Texas on Saturday.
The GOP candidate said to audiences, “When you look at Paris, you know the toughest gun laws in the world in Paris, nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody. Nobody had guns,” he said to cheering supporters, Mediaite first reported. “They were just shooting them one by one and then they broke in and had a big shootout and ultimately killed the terrorists.”
The former Apprentice star continued: “I’ll tell you what: you can say what you want, but if they had guns — if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry,” he paused as audiences cheered him on, “It would have been a much, much different situation.”
Trump went on to say, “I hear it all the time. You look at certain cities that have the highest violence, the highest problem with guns and shootings and killings. Chicago is an example. Toughest gun laws in the United States.”
Following the Jan. 7, 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, which left 12 dead, Trump tweeted: “Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?”
Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2015
In the wake of the attacks on Friday, Trump’s January tweet went viral, prompting the French ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, to respond: “@realDonaldTrump This message is repugnant of any human decency. Vulture.” Araud later deleted his tweet.
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