Trump rejects stricter gun laws after Texas church shooting

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On Tuesday, President Trump gave a public response to the mass shooting that occurred Monday at a church in Texas, which took 26 lives and is the fifth largest mass shooting in US history.

Trump reacted with irritation to a question from U.S journalists on whether stringent checks, or "extreme vetting" of immigrants to the U.S should not also be applied to those buying firearms.

We simply can not understand why anyone would brutally kill more than two dozen worshipers in a Baptist church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs.

According to investigators, Kelley sent "threatening texts" to his mother-in-law in the time leading up to the shooting at First Baptist Church, which killed 26 and wounded 20 more. What do you want to say about a solution? "Not going to help".

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In 2012, Kelley, a licensed unarmed security guard and former Air Force airman, was court martialled and convicted of domestic violence against his wife and step-son, and he received a bad conduct discharge. Under federal law, his conviction should have prevented him from purchasing the assault-style rifle he used in the attack and two other handguns.

Trump had said a day earlier in Tokyo that the shooting occurred due to a mental health problem at the highest level and not because of arms.

Trump - referring to a Sutherland Springs (Texas) resident who, with his own gun, confronted the attacker - said if he didn't have the gun and had he not shot at the shooter, the number of victims could have been in the hundreds.

"Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction otherwise.it would have been much worse", the president said.

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