President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association are great pals.
The NRA reportedly spent millions of dollars on pro-Trump ads in 2016 and in the run up to 2018’s mid-term elections. It’s easy to see why, because since taking office Trump has been their number one fan.
Speaking at the NRA’s annual convention in Indianapolis, Trump reiterated his bizarre claim that the 2015 terrorist attacks at the Bataclan nightclub in Paris might have been avoided if some concertgoers had guns of their own.
While the NRA audience cheer in apreciatation Trump said:
We know that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Later after acknowledging that France has some of the world's strongest gun laws Trump said:
If there was one gun being carried by one person on the other side, it very well could have been a whole different result. The shooting went on so long and there wasn’t a thing you could do about it.
To make this even weirder, Trump used his fingers to imitate a gun being fired, before saying:
Get over here, boom. Here, boom. And then they left. They were captured later.
What Trump failed to mention during his speech are the numerous mass shootings that have occurred in America since then, where people very well could have had guns to defend themselves.
But this isn’t the first time that the president. Last year, he said something similar while speaking at the NRA conference in Dallas. This resulted in a public condemnation from the French government. Former French President François Hollande also denounced “the shameful comments and obscene antics of Donald Trump.”
Speaking about the Paris attacks in 2015 Trump said it "would've been a much different situation" if the city had looser gun laws.