Trump Said Opening More Mental Institutions is Answer to Stopping the Mentally Ill from Committing Mass Shootings; President Said Recent Mass Shooters Were ‘Mentally Ill’

  • Speaking to reporters on Thursday, President Trump said that while he supports “meaningful background checks” on gun purchasers, he believes that the people responsible for the country’s most recent mass shootings are mentally ill and said the U.S. needs to build more mental institutions.
  • Trump confirmed that he has been in talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican lawmakers about pervasive gun violence and said “they don’t want to have insane people, dangerous people, really bad people having guns.”
  • Trump said: “We don’t want crazy people owning guns. It’s them. They pull the trigger. The gun doesn’t pull the trigger. They pull the trigger. So we have to look very seriously at mental illness.”
  • Following deadly mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, earlier this month, public focus has shifted to gun control, which has put pressure on Trump and lawmakers to address the issue.
  • When asked if he would pressure GOP lawmakers to pass tougher background check laws, Trump said: “We’re looking at the whole gun situation.”
  • Trump added: “I do want people to remember the words mental illness. These people are mentally ill. … These are mentally ill people and people have to start thinking about it. I think we have to start building institutions again.”
  • The president pointed to the fact that many “U.S. mental institutions were closed in the 1960s and 70s and their patients released onto the streets.”
  • Trump continued: “A lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions. We can’t let these people be on the streets.”

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill, calls for more mental institutions READ
  • Politico: ‘We have to start building institutions again’: Trump again links guns and mental health READ
  • New York Post: Trump suggests move back to institutionalizing the mentally ill READ
  • VOA: Trump Blames Mass Shootings on Mentally Ill READ

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