President Trump Donald John TrumpGibraltar releases Iranian tanker despite US attempts to block him On Thursday, the president told supporters in New Hampshire that he would "always comply with the second amendment" and suggested that the construction of new mental health facilities would help contain violence.
The president lamented the shortage of mental health institutions when he spoke about the law to keep weapons away from people with mental illness. The comments come as the White House and Congress investigate new gun laws after the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
"It's not the gun that pulls the trigger, it's the person pushing the trigger." Trump said and got a cheer from the crowd in Manchester.
TRUMP on guns: "It's not the gun that pulls the trigger, it's the person holding the guy."
Then he says, "We'll go. I'm seriously considering" building new mental institutions, and adding, "We're going to get mentally disturbed and dangerous people off the street." pic.twitter.com / w7cZg2wKQ7
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He suggested that the closure of mental hospitals led to an influx of sick people onto the street. Trump proposed building new facilities to receive the help of those people, and implied that the move to combat gun violence would be helpful.
However, the president, who did not want to upset his supporters, assured the crowd that he would not allow new laws to violate their access to weapons.
"We can not make it hard for good, solid and law-abiding citizens to protect themselves," he said. "We will always fight for the right to self-defense, and we will always support the second amendment."
Trump's comments on Thursday evening highlight the complexity of ongoing background controls talks, the so-called "Red Flag" laws and other measures to reduce gun violence following recent mass shootings.
The President has insisted in recent days to advocate stronger background controls. But he has spoken out in the past for similar measures, only to withdraw under pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The NRA has spoken out in recent weeks against the legislative measures imposed by the legislature, and it is unclear whether there is any background. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinWhite House surveys action plan for weapons proposals in September Trump called the Democratic Senator to talk about gun control. (DW.Va.) and Pat Toomey Patrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA Falsely Collects US Telephone Records in October McCain's Explosions Exposing Korean Military Exercises | The White House defends Trump's salute to North Korean General WH Backpedals over Trump's "Due Process" note on weapons. MORE (R-Pa.) Has enough GOP support to pass the Senate.