Is Trump right that stricter gun laws might have cost more lives?

Screenshot from Associated Press' YouTube video: Trump: Gun Control May Have Caused More Deaths

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Currently, President Trump is in Asia, but that did not keep him from finding controversy on Tuesday while in Seoul, South Korea. During a joint press conference with the president of South Korea, President Trump was asked if he would support “extreme vetting” of gun buyers in America. The president responded with, “If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago.” The president also said, “And you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him….If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.” This raises the question: Is President Trump right that stricter gun laws could have led to more deaths on Sunday?

People who think the president is right feel that the man who shot the gunman saved many more people. They believe the gunman had more guns in his truck and he could have moved on to somewhere else and killed more people. They feel that it was a good man with a gun who stopped the gunman and that proves that stricter gun laws could be dangerous to the country. Also, stricter gun laws would not have kept the killer from finding a way to kill, but it could have stopped the bystander from ending the violence. Finally, they believe the only way to stop gun violence is good people having guns.

Those who feel the president is wrong point out that there are only 600 people in the town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, so there couldn’t be hundreds and hundreds of more deaths. They feel he is once again politicizing another tragedy, this time to stop possible legislation he doesn’t like. Also, if the killer didn’t have a gun, then there would be no need for another person with a gun to stop him. Finally, it has been proven, in study after study, less guns mean less gun related deaths.

The Associated Press showing President Trump’s remarks:

The Issue

Was the president right that stricter gun laws could have led to more deaths on Sunday, not less? Was a good man with a gun needed to stop the violence? Or, if we had stricter gun laws, the gunman may not have had a gun to begin with?

Yes, President Trump is right

Those who feel the president is right say that the gunman being stopped by a good man with a gun is proof that gun control laws can do more damage than good. If we had stricter laws, the bystander might not have had a gun to stop the killer.

No, President Trump is wrong

People who feel the president is wrong say that the only way to stop gun violence is with less guns, not more. They feel that if the gunman couldn’t have gotten a gun, then there would have been no need for the bystander to intervene.

Do you think President Trump is right that stricter gun laws could have led to more deaths on Sunday?

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