Donald Trump used the PULSE nightclub terrorist attack where forty-nine people were killed and 58 were injured, most of them from the LGBT community on Wednesday to push the NRA’s pro-gun agenda sating that it “wouldn’t have happened” if anyone in the nightclub had been armed at the time of the attack.
Trump cited the Orlando attack while making an argument against “gun-free zones,” which in his warped little mind thinks would make citizens attractive targets for gunmen intent on carrying out mass shootings
“As an example, you take Pulse nightclub — if you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn’t have happened, or certainly not to the extent it did, where he was just in there shooting, and shooting and shooting and they were just defenseless” – Donald Trump
In reality Orlando police Officer Adam Gruler was armed and working as off-duty security at the club. According to police, he exchanged gunfire with gunman Omar Mateen outside the club.
Trump also pushed the pro-gun NRA agenda Trump made similar claims on CNN just days after the June 12, 2016, massacre.
“If some of those great people that were in the club that night had guns strapped to their waist or strapped to their ankle, and if the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at this guy who was just open target practice, you would’ve had a situation folks, which would have been always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we all as a people suffered this weekend.”
It’s estimated the NRA contributed $21 million to Trump’s presidential campaign.
In April 2017, he told the organization, “You have a true friend and champion in the White House.”