Trump Contradicts Previous Stance on Guns at Pulse Nightclub
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump says he “obviously” meant that additional guards or employees should have been armed at the Orlando nightclub where 49 people were killed last weekend.
When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2016
Trump’s latest comment clashes with what the New York businessman has said multiple times since the shooting at Pulse nightclub, arguing that “some of those wonderful people” or “some of the people killed” should have “happened to have” a gun.
“If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here — right to their waist or right to their ankle — and one of the people in that room happened to have it and goes ‘boom, boom,’ you know, that would have been a beautiful sight folks,” Trump said on Friday night.
Speaking on the Howie Carr Show Monday, Trump explained that “it’s too bad some of the people killed over the weekend didn’t have guns attached to their hips where bullets could have thrown in the opposite direction. Had people been able to fire back it would have been a much different outcome.”
But the comments also come after the NRA’s top lobbyist told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he would discourage people from carrying a concealed weapon while drinking at a club.
“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”
During the course of his campaign, Trump has often called for people to carry weapons in order to stop an active shooter situation.
“If in that club, you had some people, not a lot of people … but if you had somebody with a gun strapped on to their hip, somebody with a gun strapped on to their ankle and you had bullets going in the opposite direction, right at this animal who did this, you would have had a very, very different result,” Trump said Saturday at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
“And, by the way, if you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had,” he told CNN.