On Monday, President Donald Trump said that he believed that the Texas church shooting was due to a “mental health problem,” and not because of a problem regarding domestic gun laws.
When asked whether the gun control measures of the United States could have been the cause of the Texas shooting, Trump answered, “Mental health is your problem here.”
“This isn’t a guns situation,” Trump said. He then added, “This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.”
After a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at a church in Texas, at least 26 people were killed, and around 20 other people were injured. The victims were between the ages of 5 to 72-years-old.
Talking at a joint press conference in Tokyo, Japan, alongside Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, Trump characterized the shooter as “a very deranged individual.”
Donald Trump, who has gained political support from the National Rifle Association, has been consistently against implementing more rigorous laws regarding domestic gun control.
“Fortunately … somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction,” said Trump at the press conference.
Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year old, was named by authorities as the gunman who killed over two dozens of people in a hail of gunfire at a Texas church. Hours after news of the shooting first developed enforcement officials named Kelley, who was killed after the incident at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. According to a report by the Associated Press, the pastor of the church and his wife lost their teenage daughter in the massacre.