- Donald Trump Jr. commented on the Ovaldi school shooting in a Facebook video on Saturday.
- In the video, he mocked people who were arguing that guns were to blame for the mass shootings.
- He noted that the shooter could have used other weapons to kill his victims.
Donald Trump Jr. argued Saturday that guns were not responsible for the school massacre in Ovaldi, Texas.
He claimed that even without a pistol, the killer could have killed the children with a baton or machete.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Trump Jr. tried to counter those who proposed stricter gun laws after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, which killed 19 students and two teachers.
“They will blame the weapons, and they will blame everything, because no one can be held responsible for their actions,” he said in the video.
He continued his speech by mocking people who thought the reason for shooting was the gun but “not the sociopath who used it”.
“Without the gun,” he said, “that boy would be a well-balanced, sane person, he’d be a wonderful person, wouldn’t he?”
“He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat or a bomb or some improvised device—or a machete?”
Trump Jr. said the best targets to blame are unstable family, mental health issues and “crazy teachers.”
“No one can admit that someone is actually a junk and spoiler. We can’t have that, that is!”
The 18-year-old gunman, who was killed on site by US Border Patrol personnel, had purchased a military-grade rifle online a week before the massacre.
He has not reported any mental illness, although his family and friends describe him as “recluse”. CNN reported.
Trump Jr. is among many Republicans who defended the possession of mass guns after the shootings.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association last week, his father, former President Donald Trump, called for it to be easier for “violent and mentally ill people to be locked up in mental institutions.”
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