Trump’s Suggestion For How The Synagogue Shooting Could’ve Been Prevented Has People Furious

On Saturday a gunman open fired on the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The synagogue was specifically targeted in a hate crime against the Jewish community. 

The shooter has a long history of anti-Semitic views. It was reported he yelled “All Jews must die” as he began shooting. 

In response to the hate crime, President Donald Trump spent Saturday floating an old National Rifle Association (NRA) talking point as something that would have prevented the murders of 11 people and the injuries to 6 more.

As he was boarding Air Force One, Trump told reporters:

“If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him.”

This is not the first time the President floated the ‘good guy with a gun’ solution after a mass shooting. It should be noted that the gunman injured four—early reports stated three—trained and armed police officers responding to the scene.

Trump also washed his hands of any responsibility to do anything about gun deaths when he said:

“The world is a violent world. Before I ran for office, I’d watch instances like this with churches and other things, I’d say, ‘What a shame, what a shame.’ It’s even tougher when you’re the president of the United States and you have to watch this kind of a thing happen.”

The gunman was “armed with multiple weapons, including three Glock .357 handguns and an AR-15-style weapon.”

People were quick to point out the fact four—early reports stated three—armed policemen including a member of the SWAT team were shot and injured by the gunman. It is unlikely that an armed guard could have single-handedly stopped the shooter.

Others felt the “good guy with a gun” idea the President was once again floating was utterly ridiculous.

And most had harsh words for the President’s reaction to this hate crime.

The victims—who range in age from 54 to 97—killed in this act of violence and hate are:

Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, married couple Bernice and Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax and Irving Younger.

May their memories be a blessing.

H/T: Huffington Post, CNN, Twitter